It was a short book, but it was cute, insightful, and a bit sad. I liked learning about different types of cats and where they live and their differenIt was a short book, but it was cute, insightful, and a bit sad. I liked learning about different types of cats and where they live and their different characteristics. It was a bit sad though because it also told you what animals are endangered, near threatened, vulnerable, etc. and it seemed that like 95% of these cats are. I'm glad there are people trying to make a change and help these cats survive, but it's still sad to think about these animals dying out.
I recommend this book for anyone who loves animals and cats. ...more
I read Quiet back in 2012 basically right when it came out. I pre ordered it. It took basically my whole life to discover that being quiet was a thingI read Quiet back in 2012 basically right when it came out. I pre ordered it. It took basically my whole life to discover that being quiet was a thing and that it was normal. I had never heard the word introvert before until a couple of years ago. I wish I had. It would have saved me a lot of pain and feeling out of place practically the whole time. I often thought that there was something wrong with me.
Because of the type of school I went to, where it seemed like everyone was noisy and wouldn't pay attention to the teachers, my quietness was an asset while in class. It was a pleasant surprise for the teachers because of how a lot of students behaved. But even though my quiet nature was valued by teachers, classmates did not value it. I would feel ignored a lot and sometimes I would have an assigned seat next to someone and they would never remember me! All because I was quiet. I felt awful. Even some of my friends would ignore me because apparently since I was a quiet person it meant that I never wanted to be spoken to at all.
Introversion is not something that is really spoken about in the Latino community. Kind of like depression where it's not even really acknowledged like a legitimate thing. In my experience, a lot of people don't really know what that is. It wasn't until a couple of years ago that my parents kind of got it. That I need alone time. That I'm not making it up. Even though, in particular, my mom still wants me to talk more and it still feels at times that she doesn't accept me and wants me to be completely different. She sometimes blames certain things happening to me on my quiet nature even when it's not in my control. For example, I had been looking for a job and she said it was my fault that I didn't have a job because I was quiet and people couldn't take me seriously. Even if I didn't get an interview for anyone to see that I was quiet! And I remember the one time I got sick from giving a blood donation. So sick that it made my heart hurt just from walking or shifting a bit too fast. I asked her if she could call The Red Cross for me to see if I should go to the hospital or what was going on since it was my first time donating. She did not do it. She told me to do it. So I had to struggle up the steps and I ached. It always felt that she did it because she thought I was just making an excuse not to call. But I did feel really bad. And to make matters worse for me, some days later, my brother asked her to make a doctor's appointment for him and of course she did it.
Thankfully, I feel better about myself. In fact, I got depressed because I struggled so much to make friends and didn't feel adequate. I felt something was wrong. It was a really bad time and I thought I wasn't going to finish college. But I did and I'm better now. No more depression and I barely get any anxiety. And things are better with my parents in that regard. They understand me better. And my experiences as an introvert as partially why I'm currently working on writing a web series where the main character is an introvert. I finally finished the pilot this week. I will keep moving forward because I feel this is an important story to tell and I feel people will relate to it. I hope to be able to start filming in a couple of months.
I went on a tangent, but Quiet spoke volumes to me and this book did as well. It was so good and helpful. I am so glad it exists for kids and teens who feel like I once did. I'm glad that they have this book that has helpful tips about how to deal with different scenarios. Like at parties, at school, with friends, etc. And it's so good because it also has stories that were shared by other teens and kids. It's always helpful to have people share their own stories so you don't feel alone. The book is empowering and I recommend it to both introverts and extroverts because introverts can understand themselves better, even realize that they are introverted. And extroverts can understand how introverts function and their relationship can be stronger. Bonus, this book has neat illustrations like this: