Quiet Girl in a Noisy World
Review by Allison W.
Growing up as the quiet girl can be hard. There is a constant battle between wanting to be chatty enough to fit in and wishing that everyone would just stop talking. Illustrator Debbie Tung can certainly relate, as is evident in this autobiographical collection of short cartoons. Spanning three years of Tung’s life, readers get a glimpse of what it’s like to be introverted in an environment that increasingly wants its inhabitants to be beyond extroverted.
How is someone who prefers to be alone supposed to navigate school, work, or social engagements? How are we supposed to date, keep a relationship, or get married?
An anthem for anyone who has ever felt like the odd duck in the room, Tung’s comical and, at times, heart-wrenching graphic narrative is the perfect volume to help us feel like we’re not alone.