Text, Don't Call
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Text, Don’t Call

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Aaron Caycedo-Kimura

Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated guide to introverted life

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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.

TEXT, DON’T CALL: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life

Publisher: Tarcherperigee
Publication Date: August 15, 2017
Genre: Psychology/ Self Help
Source: Own
Length: 144 pages

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This book first showed up on my blog when I added it to an introvert reading list. It’s been nearly a year since that list was posted, but today felt like a great day to review this book. Enjoy!

Surely I’m not the only one who wishes more people would text instead of call. Text, Don’t Call at times feels like a motto of sorts. I think it pretty much every time my phone rings. I’m not sure I’ll ever understand why people insist on phoning when a text would do just fine.

Even if I forget about the dreadful small talk speaking on the phone necessitates, does no one else care about efficiency? It makes no sense to spend 10 minutes talking on the phone before arranging a time to meet up or getting the answer to a simple question when a text (or better yet an email) will do the job in under 5 seconds.

Recently, I’ve found one of the hardest parts about building a new social circle is enforcing those boundaries and making sure my new acquaintances understand that I rarely answer my phone. I also have a tendency of responding to “missed” calls with a text… which means I want you to respond via text, not call me when you get it.

Thank goodness I’m far less awkward in real life than I am on the internet.

Anyway, enough about me. Text, don’t call is a very cute book. There’s a bit of text with a good amount of witty illustrations that quite accurately depict life as an introvert.
Text, Don't Call

I’ve owned this book for a while, probably since it was considered a new release. It sits on my coffee table, right next to my copy of I Could Pee on This. Let me tell you, these two books generate a whole lot of conversation. Everyone wants to take a look at them.

The illustrations in this book were adorable. I related to way too many of them. While they were simple, they were catchy and managed to put a smile on my face. Honestly, I’d recommend the book for the illustrations alone.

I guess I should say, the illustrations are the only reason I’d recommend the book. The text was quite basic. I didn’t find any of those helpful tips I was promised in the blurb, but this book did provide simple clear definitions which would be great for anyone who doesn’t already understand the whole introvert/ extrovert thing. Anyway, I’m pretty sure no one is buying an illustrated book for the text.

Overall, Text, Don’t Call is a great book to leave on the coffee table or to give as a gift. I’m sure every introvert will find something relatable in these pages.

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