I knew from the very first second I saw this book that I needed to read it. I mean, honestly, The Escape Manual for Introverts? How could I not want this amazing model for how to deal with uncomfortable situations by Katie Vaz? Plain and simple, the opportunity to read this graphic novel was simply too good to pass up. So, naturally, I began this book with some pretty high hopes that I would be leaving it with a few tricks up my sleeve.
Well, the truth is that it was a little less helpful than I thought it would be. And it was a book that managed to be a little bit more cheesy than I imagined it would turn out. Did I hate it? Nah. Did I love it? A little? Ultimately, I feel as though this book got off to a great start. But then it got a little bit more ridiculous and a lot less serious. I don’t think I learned anything from it that I didn’t already know and some of the suggestions were just too silly to even consider. And the fact of the matter is that when I picked up this book, I was looking for some genuine help as to how to get out of social situations that made me uncomfortable. And I never really felt like I got that.
Now, granted, it’s a pretty fun read. You do find yourself vaguely amused by parts of it. And I don’t regret reading it or anything, but I imagine that if I had bought it I would have been a little disappointed. There’s a strong likelihood that I would have kept it on my shelf, but I’ll be the first to admit that it would be among the first to go if I was, for some reason, forced to downsize. So, ultimately, I do think that the book is enjoyable. I don’t think it’s really something I would call a manual though. That’s its own kind of oxymoron, in my opinion.
So, in the end, I’d say The Escape Manual for Introverts was okay. It was somewhat good, somewhat silly. And while it wasn’t my favorite, I’m sure someone else will enjoy it much more than I did.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.