Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story
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Annotation: A British cartoonist known for her comics about everyday moments humorously describes and shows what it was like being an introvert in college, falling in love with an extrovert and finding a job.
Catalog Number: #6248786
Format: Paperback
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 174 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-449-48606-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-449-48606-8
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2017932227
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
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Growing up, Tung felt shy and socially awkward and alienated because of it. Her coming-of-age graphic memoir shares her evolving understanding of her introvertedness as well as the methods she, now a well-adjusted and still-introverted adult, has developed to cope in a world that seems to more readily reward socially gracious extroverts. In this format, watery black-ink comics fairly typically divided into frames and occasional whole-page illustrations, Tung tells her story relatably and with an easy good humor. When an uncomfortable date ends earlier than anticipated, for instance, Tung trades halting speech for visible wisps of relief. Her cartoons introduce with clarity the concept of her "social battery": what depletes it, how to recharge it, how much harder everything is when it's nearing empty. Though there is plenty for introverts and people with social anxiety to identify with here, this is above all Tung's personal story. This is a perfect way to learn more about personality traits that, by their very nature, can be difficult to publicly articulate.
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Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9+
Lexile: GN370L

Sweet, funny, and quietly poignant, Debbie Tung’s comics reveal the ups and downs of coming of age as an introvert.

This illustrated gift book of short comics illuminates author Debbie Tung's experience as an introvert in an extrovert’s world. Presented in a loose narrative style that can be read front to back or dipped into at one’s leisure, the book spans three years of Debbie's life, from the end of college to the present day. In these early years of adulthood, Debbie slowly but finally discovers there is a name for her lifelong need to be alone: she’s an introvert.

The first half of the book traces Debbie’s final year in college: socializing with peers, dating, falling in love (with an extrovert!), moving in, getting married, meeting new people, and simply trying to fit in. The second half looks at her life after graduation: finding a job, learning to live with her new husband, trying to understand social obligations when it comes to the in-laws, and navigating office life. Ultimately, Quiet Girl sends a positive, pro-introvert message: our heroine learns to embrace her introversion and finds ways to thrive in the world while fulfilling her need for quiet.

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