Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life

Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life

by INFJoe


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An illustrated guide to the challenges and pleasures of the introverted life

Introversion is "in." But there are still many misconceptions about introverts in the world. They're shy. Anti-social. They don't want to have close relationships. They're all cat people. They don't like big parties (okay, that last one might be true).

INFJoe, the cartoon persona of artist and introvert Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, is here to set the record straight. Filled with charming comic book style illustrations, this book provides invaluable insights into the introverted life with plenty of humor and wit. Full of moments that will make introverts say, "That's so me!" as well as helpful tips on surviving at parties and in the workplace, Text, Don't Call is the perfect gift for your quiet friends, or the extroverted ones who could use some help to better understand the introverts in their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143130789
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 331,471
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

INFJoe is the nom de cartoon of artist Aaron Caycedo-Kimura. Aaron drummed his way to The Juilliard School in New York City via the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He created INFJoe during a creative rut in 2012 and discovered the incredibly receptive introvert community. He and his wife Luisa live in Connecticut, where they plan to birth as much art as possible.

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Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Somebody knows me! Accurate, clever, met myself coming and going!
PerfectlyTolerable More than 1 year ago
My personality type is INFJ, so this book especially appealed to me because the author is INFJ too. If you are not INFJ, don’t worry, this book is about introverts in general, not specifically INFJs. So, if you are an introvert, or if you are an extrovert wanting to learn more about introverts, then this is the book for you! One issue I had with the book, is that it is hella short. It only took me 30 minutes to read. It cost me $8.50 on Amazon, but the cover price is $14. There is no way I would ever pay full price for this. Its just not worth it. There are a lot of comics, and I knew it would be a quick read, but I still wasn’t expecting it to be THAT short. The comics themselves are awesome. The drawings are crude, but that just adds to their charm. For the most part the content is spot on. I had a lot of “Hey! That sounds like me” moments. All my life I have had trouble explaining how I felt and this book was able to pinpoint exactly what its like. I always want to be included and I hate feeling left out, but at the same time I don’t want to go do anything. It sounds super contradictory and most people don’t get it, but this comic sums it up perfectly. Its nice to know I am not the only one that feels this way! While I related to most of the book, there were still some points that didn’t apply to me. This is a book of generalizations about Introverts, so it won’t describe any one person perfectly. For example, introverts tend to be quiet. INFJoe says this is because we prefer to listen and observe, and because we process what we want to say and only speak when we feel we have something worth saying. This doesn’t quite apply to me. I love to talk and ramble on, but I rarely feel comfortable enough to do so. Talking to certain people I won’t shut up, but talking to strangers I am often really quiet. I also do better in one-on-one situations. When I am in a group I can’t process the conversation fast enough. Usually by the time I figure out what to say the conversation has moved on and my thought is no longer relevant. Overall I liked this book. For the most part the content was accurate with respect to me. It would have been nice if it was a little cheaper or a little longer. The author could have gone into more detail about how two different introverts might appear the same on the outside, but their inner struggles could be completely different. Instead he generalized with the most common struggles.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
When I was first offered the chance to read and review Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life, I was intrigued. As someone who's always hovered between being an introvert and an extrovert, I find it interesting to read more about the "introverted life," especially when I can fully relate to what is being said. After reading an excerpt from Text, Don't Call, I could say 100% I could not only relate to what INFJoe was saying but I also wanted to see what else INFJoe had in store for us! Text, Don't Call is a mix of text and illustrations. I truly enjoyed the addition of the illustrations. Not only did they spice up the text, but they also really managed to make me laugh out loud and think "yeah, been there, done that." The book is separated into nine sections. The sections tackle topics such, as "Know Thyself," "#IntrovertProblems," "Surviving Large Groups," and "Navigating the Workplace." I thought INFJoe did a fantastic job of setting up the scene (I guess you would say) for this book. First, he really digs deep into how he's an introvert, what being an introvert means, and tacking life as an introvert. While some of the details and information shared I already knew, I did learn some new things about the introverted life. Additionally, as I've said before, I really managed to relate with what was said, as I'm sure many other introverts and half-intorverts will be able to as well. The two sections I found the most relatable was "Surviving Large Groups" and "Getting Through the Holidays and Other Celebrations." I don't know about you all, but surviving large groups and being around a large amount of family around the holidays can be so incredibly exhausting for me. There's always so much small talk as well as finding a good midpoint between saying too much and saying too little. I'm always more than ready to disappear and read a book after a large celebration such as those, so it was interesting to see INFJoe to tackle that in this. In all, Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life is an eye opening book perfect for readers who are introverts and need that reminder that it's okay others are right there with you. It probably goes without saying as well that this book is perfect for fans who are already familiar with INFJoe. Grade: B+