The Escape Manual for Introverts
by Katie Vaz.
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 your escape. The Escape Manual for Introverts guides readers through different scenarios with themed chapters (“Friends,” “Family,” “Strangers,” etc.). Each chapter covers a range of situations, from an invitation to karaoke night to group lunchtime. And she offers a number of escapes for each scenario: bringing odoriferous foods to lunch for a while, having a pet (real or imagined) that “requires” frequent check-ins, and even investing in a jet pack. This book features Vaz’s full-page illustrated spreads, hand-lettering, and spot illustrations. From the silly to the sincere, Vaz’s clever, hilarious escape plans and bizarre excuses speak to the introvert in all of us.Taken from book blurb
Release Date: 6 August, 2019.
Length: 144 pages
Genre: Self-Help. Graphic Novel.
Read as: an eBook.
The Escape Manual for Introverts, is a fun and quick read which not only features cute illustrations but actual advice. I will admit that when engaging socially with people, I tend to get emotionally exhausted and over the years I have found I do have a time limit on how much social interaction I can take. The Escape Manual for Introverts is a perfect guide for people who want ready made excuses to get out of social engagements.
The book offers scenarios and social activities that you may want to get out of, and then provides you a range of plausible and fun excuses. The author and illustrator Katie Vaz describes the purpose of the book in the below which is taken from her letter ‘to the fellow introverts.’
I created this book to be a cheeky illustrated guide to strengthen your arsenal of cover stories for when ‘I just want to be home’ isn’t going to cut it. In addition to authentically plausible alibis, you’ll also find a catalog of exit strategies and preparation plans for protection in various future socialisations you may find yourself stuck in.Taken from page 7 of The Escape Manual for Introverts
The book is broken up into different categories which provide scenarios which deal with friends, relatives, coworkers, acquaintances, and strangers. The section of the book that hit closest to home with me was the coworker one, I found that I had used a few of the excuses before and also made note of some offered.
Recommendations / verdict
I would recommend The Escape Manual for Introverts to people wanting to read a quick and funny graphic novel, as well as any introvert wanting to add some material to their ‘getting out of stuff’ arsenal. While a lot of the suggestions are quite funny and over the top, there is a lot of legitimate and useful content for introverts actually wanting to escape social scenarios.
Please note: I received a copy of The Escape Manual for Introverts from NetGalley.