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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.
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:
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 who have ever been in a close relationship (romantic or platonic) with an extrovert, you’ll also enjoy the fact the main character’s partner is an extrovert. I resonated with other aspects of the story – the character’s dread of group projects, bringing books to overwhelming family gatherings, the torture of open office floor plans and a 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 someone and righteously exclaim “See! I’m not that weird! There are 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 representation of BIPOC people or queer folx. I would love to see a book like this with some better representation.
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 her fur children?
I like the sound of this.
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