HSP Book Review: Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung

A book for the rest of us.

In case you’re wondering, I don’t receive any compensation for book reviews.  It’s about sharing my love of books with the world and, let’s be honest, to justify buying more books.  I encourage you to check out the following book from your library or purchase from a local book store.  

As a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), I love getting lost in an amazing book.  Also, from time to time, I will dip my toe into the world of graphic novels, much like the book I’m reviewing today.

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Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story describes a woman’s coming-of-age experience as she navigates school and falling in love.  She overcomes social pressures, an overwhelming workplace and learns to embrace her introverted nature in all of its (quiet) glory.

I devoured this book.  As soon as it arrived in the mail, I started reading it in my car.  I rushed home and curled up on my bed with my kitten, Juniper (well, she purred a healthy distance from me, she’s not so much of a cuddler these days) and read it from start to finish in less than an hour.

Reading this book is like waking up to a clear sky on the weekend.  It’s the feeling of a comfy, oversized sweater.  It’s the shared glance with a stranger in a book store when they grab a book you love.

At the end of the book, I felt like this:

Juniper, my reading buddy.

Simply put, it’s a delightful speck of literature that introverts, INFJs, and HSPs alike will enjoy, absorb, and carry with them.

For those of you in a romantic relationship with an extrovert (like me) you’ll also enjoy the fact the main character’s partner is an extrovert.  There were other aspects of the story I resonated with – the character’s dread of group projects, bringing books to overwhelming family gatherings, the torture of open office floor plans and her secret joy of rainy days.

The illustrations are serene and rich.  They convey complex ideas and feelings with simple designs.  The black and white illustrations appealed to my HSP nature; I embraced the subtleties in every shade of black, charcoal, cream, and grey.

There are many pages I want to show my partner and righteously exclaim “See! I’m not that weird! There’s even books about us!”

My critique of this book? Two things:

1) No cats! Or any kind of furry companion.  (But, seriously, what introvert doesn’t have a cat?)

2) No queer folx.  I would love to see a book like this with some representation of the LGBTQ community.

But, perhaps that’s the book I need to write?  The story about a queer INFJ/HSP woman and her love of black tea, quiet mornings and her life with an extroverted partner and their fur children?

I like the sound of this.


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Arianna Smith, MA, LPC, EMDR



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