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The Escape Manual for Introverts

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Feeling cornered at a wedding reception by gossipy guests? Stuck at a holiday party that lasts forever? This beautifully illustrated book is the ultimate funny, sometimes absurd guide to escaping those painfully awkward situations. 

Trapped in an airplane seated next to a chatterbox? Are you hosting a dinner party with people who just won't leave? Katie Vaz has the key to y
Paperback, 144 pages
Expected publication: August 6th 2019 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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    The Escape Manual for Introverts
    Release date: Aug 06, 2019
    "I wish I had this book sooner. It would have saved me a lot of angst from awkward social situations!”

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    Carol (Bookaria)
    A short, humorous graphic novel about ways introverts can escape social situations.

    Being an introvert myself, I can relate to the appeal of solitude and silence. The book presents various scenarios and different escape routes for the quiet ones. I liked the art, it was simple but clear and beautifully drawn.

    Overall, I enjoyed it and recommend it to introverts who enjoy stories in graphic form.  

    Received ARC from the publisher via Netgalley
    Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

    This was such a cute and fun read. I'm an introvert and I actually saw myself in some of these lovely comics. The drawing style was simple but effective and also quite pleasing to look at. I think this book would make the perfect gift for someone who's an introvert.
    Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This graphic novel explores the different ways an introvert can escape social scenarios or minimize awkward social contact. Escape on a jet pack! Hire a kidnapper to get you away! Pretend you don't speak English.

    Some of the suggestions are funny, but some are actually do-able. Some of the ideas would only last for a short time, and some are the perfect exit strategies.

    If you are wondering how to escape an office party, how to get out of another dinner with your talkative aunt, or how to avoid e
    Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
    Funny little cartoons like tips for introvert. Most bookish persons are introvert and so probably would see themselves into those situations. They were funny, but not laughing out loud or crying your eyes out funny. More of a smile here and there. I really like and enjoy the concept, but the execution could have been better, the illustrations were alright for this kind of book, but the humor of it all cold have been raise a little higher. It depends of your sense of humor of course.
    Clockwork  Bibliophile
    Thank you net galley for sending me a digital copy of this graphic novel.

    This was a very quick and fun read. As an introvert, I could strongly relate to most of the situations. The book is exactly what the title suggests - that is - a guidebooks for all the introverts out there to help them wiggle out of any social situation. Katie Vaz's suggestions range from ordinary ways like, saying you have an important meeting etc. to hilariously preposterous methods such as staging your own kidnapping. Th
    Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2019, arcs, graphic-novel
    ***Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review!***

    I loved this. As an ambivert who leans slightly toward introvert, all of these concepts are just SO relatable! Some of the situations made me cringe, and that made me love them even more.

    Plus, the "escape suggestions" are a perfect combination of "THIS COULD TOTALLY WORK" and "This is absolutely hilarious." My favorite was "My succulent has anxiety and can't be left alone for too long."

    Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    (ARC provided by NetGalley) 3.5 rounded up, it’s a really cute book and very relatable! I love the style of the illustrations and some of the far fetched, but considerable, actions to take in these situation! Cute and quirky, a nice flip through for fellow introverts
    Queen Cronut
    Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
    3.5 stars. A hilarious and cute manual for introverts on how to avoid social situations. The cartoons are funny and the way the scenarios are portrayed is so relatable. The humor for me though was either there or off the mark. A light read and a perfect companion after reading Quiet Power by Susan Cain.

    *Thank you to NetGalley and Andrew McMeel Publishing for providing a free ARC
    May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
    When in doubt, blame your doggo.

    (Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through edelweiss.)

    So maybe you're an introvert or maybe you have social anxiety, or maybe you struggle with both, like me (yay! not.). Either way, Katie Vaz has got your back. The Escape Manual for Introverts is a tongue-in-cheek-but-not-really compendium of excuses you can use to wiggle out of all manner of social situations. Vaz's guide runs the gamut, from the mundane ("I have plans/something on the stove/mo
    Char (lunarchar_)
    Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: e-book, no-longer-own
    Review continued from previous.
    Much prefer the relative section as it was less excuses and more practical. And of course you can’t pick family so sometimes you do need an escape.
    I like the chapter on coworkers. It’s definitely relevant as you can’t pick the people, you have to spent many hours together and you want to stay on their good side and not create animosity at work.
    Acquaintances - I personally feel you should be less apologetic/ not feel the need to use excuses as thes
    Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The Escape Manual for Introverts is a cute little book that makes a big point: Introverts don't hate you, we just need a lot of alone time to recharge after socializing. The big dilemma is always taking care of our own needs without alienating those around us. With bright and striking illustrations, Katie Vaz humorously describes mostly effective escape strategies from a range of social events. She divides the book in sections, from friends and family to coworkers and strangers. There will defin ...more
    Robyn Maire
    Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
    ‘’I’d love to, but I have a book club’’ (Who has to know it’s with yourself?)

    The Escape Manual for Introverts promises to save our inner introvert in a range of situations from being trapped in an aeroplane next to a chatterbox or wanting to leave a party early, with excuses ready. Sadly most scenarios were unrealistic and the solutions ridiculous.
    They were meant to be funny, which some were, but not enough for me to rate it higher. The illustrations were not really my style but not bad by any
    Ana Caipires
    Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    Actually 3.5. *copy provided by NetGalley*!
    I’m more of an ambivert myself but oh boy cenario 4 of the friend’s chapter was so painfully me! It’s especially hard for me to be outgoing around my family for some reason and that chapter was definitely my favorite one. I feel like i’m more of an awkward person than an hardcore introvert but I could still relate to the need to be alone, to just spend time with myself and have no one else around me. This book is really funny and lightweight, the illus
    Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
    Funny and cute illustrations that are created for every possible scenarios that introverts might encounter and require help in escaping from socializing. Some of them were really funny and practical while some (hire a kidnapper !?!) weren’t . I loved the illustrations and I just hoped for a little more realistic tips, as in I was looking for ‘actual’ tips that would help save the day and give me my alone time 😛
    3.5 stars ⭐
    *Thank you to the publishers! I received a NetGalley eARC in exchange for
    Genevieve Trono
    Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The Escape Manual for Introverts is a tongue in cheek collection of simple comics that depict coping strategies for an introvert that get stuck in extroverted situations. It made me laugh and a lot of these situations were relatable. I am a social introvert that would prefer to be with a smaller grouping of friends and enjoys social time for smaller amounts of time. There is often the pull to see people I care about vs. the pull to be alone. Katie Vaz captured this real struggle in an easy to re ...more
    Literary Soirée
    Where was this funny illustrated guide when I was born? I mean really, I’ve been an INFP since bursting red-faced and wailing out of the womb. Yes, I can turn on the extraversion when needed, but Lordy, at what a cost! But thanks to THE ESCAPE MANUAL FOR INTROVERTS, I now have strategies for protection from Chatty Cathys at weddings, parties, on a plane, when we throw our rare soirées, anyway, anytime. Think I’ll slink off to my silent nest for respite. Whew! 5/5

    Pub Date 06 Aug 2019.

    Thanks to t
    Brittany Lamb
    Note: I received a free reading copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher for the reading and reviewing opportunity.

    This is a very quick, cute, silly read that offers "tips" for introverts when in overwhelming social situations. The author wrote in her note at the beginning that it's meant to be cheeky and that's exactly what it was. Some of the tips are far fetched but pretty amusing, and some are more genuine and usable in actual real-life si
    Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This was a cute humor book of comics in a similar style as Debbie Tung's Book Love. In this book, Vaz addresses the different ways that introverts may need to escape for some alone time. They were split into chapters (by types of people: i.e. family, friends, acquaintances) and situations with helpful tips, many of them hyperbolic. The drawing style is cute, and the book is easy to read or skim. As an introvert, I related to the scenarios, and I would recommend this to other introverts or as a g ...more
    Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A book that every introvert need! This manual will be a perfect guide on what to do when you find yourself stuck in everyday life situations and you just need to escape. Although some of them are absurd suggestions, they might actually pull off in real life! (Please just don't hire a kidnapper) The art is unique and funny at the same time. A very quick and fun read.

    3.5 stars!

    Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the eARC!
    Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
    This is a quick, cute read featuring various excuses that introverts can give friends, family, acquaintances, colleagues and strangers to get away from extroverts and out of social situations. Whilst some of the reasons are outlandish and fantastical, others are realistic and practical, and I can see me adding them to my arsenal of apologies!

    Thanks to NetGalley and Andrews Mcmeel for the advanced digital copy in return for an honest and unbiased review.
    Kassy MacPherson
    Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
    I wish the author would have done the scenarios for part of the book. It was repetitive. It was so repetitive that I found myself not even reading each and every one of them. I wish they had mixed in other jokes throughout of introverts instead of each place and the excuses to get out of social activities.
    Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
    I was expecting this book to be a fun lighthearted read, but I was quite disappointed. Instead of finding it funny, I just felt concerned that it seemed to reinforce the idea that people can't be honest about what they need.

    [Free ARC from Edelweiss+]
    Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
    2.5 stars

    This review is based on an ARC ebook received for free from NetGalley. I am not being paid to review this book and what I write here is my own opinion. My rating scale is below.

    brief summary
    A humorous collection of illustrated suggestions for getting out of uncomfortable situations.

    full review
    Katie Vaz has created an entertaining volume of evasive maneuvers and escape tactics for introverts who have become trapped in untenable or uncomfortable situations created by friends, relatives, c
    ❤ Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    This was one of the best graphic novels that I've come across. I really liked the content and how I could totally relate to every single one of these situations, and wished I had this manual earlier on in my introverted life.

    There are times where I feel like as I got older, that I became a lot more introverted than when I was younger. If you asked me maybe 10 or 15 years ago if I was introverted or extrov
    Pete Barell
    Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    ARC provided by NetGalley and Andrew McMeels Publishing.

    This book was way too on the nose for me, almost in a way that made me not like it because I felt a little cynical. It's hilarious with how accurately it depicts the thought processes of introverted people like myself who will go through great lengths of rationalization and maneuvering in order to avoid or minimize certain social interaction. The cynicism was brought out because it VERY CLEARLY and thoughtfully provides some tips on how to
    Jason A.
    Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Katie Vaz's book, "The Escape Manual for Introverts" is a lifesaver for introverts. It has a list of precarious scenarios in which an unsuspecting or unwilling introvert might get sucked in to some sort of social setting and offers the introvert a bag of tricks, i.e. excuses to get out of almost anything.

    This funny "guide" is filled with cute pictures and illustrations to help get her point across. Now, don't get me wrong, just because I am an introvert, that doesn't mean we can't hang out some
    Bianca (theperksofbeingbianca)
    THAT was a quick read.

    Although I get that most of the scenarios and specially the solutions proposed to escape them as introverts are exaggerated and intend a comical effect, it disturbs me a bit to what extent us introverts have to go to please extroverts and not hurt their feelings because we just don't feel like socialising.

    Some of the proposed "escapes" made me laugh out loud mainly because of how bizarre they were, but others made me think that there is something seriously wrong with how so
    Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This book is an amusing compilation of comedic drawings paired with excuses and tricks to get introverts out of social situations when you would much rather recharge your introverts batteries at home a bit. Many readers are introverts, as am I, and so this was a fun manual to come across. The Escape Manual for Introverts did have some good, clever tricks and some down right silly ones thrown in for fun. The advice is broken down by chapters for the different relationships you may have to the peo ...more
    Steff Pasciuti
    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
    Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    "Just because I don't want to go doesn't mean I don't like you". If only that came on a t-shirt, or better still, on the "decline" section of the RSVP to an invitation. There should be a checkbox that says "reason why I cannot accept this invitation" and one of the options should simply be "introvert". If any of this resonates with you - this book is for you! There is no situation that is not covered for you in this book and you will have a fresh supply of reasons to back out of awkward social e ...more
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    I’m an illustrator/author/hand-letterer/graphic designer living in Upstate New York with my husband and a cat named KittenFace McMittens. I recently illustrated and authored a book called Make Yourself Cozy: A Guide for Practicing Self-Care, which will be published on October 2, 2018 by Andrews McMeel. In 2016, I illustrated and authored an adult coloring book, called Don’t Worry, Eat Cake, also p ...more