The Authenticity Project
"A clever, uplifting book that entertains and makes you think."--Sophie Kinsella, #1 New York Times bestselling authorThe story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even loveJulian Jessop, an eccentric, lonely artist and septuagenarian believes that most people aren't really honest with each other. But what if they were? And so he writes--in a plain, green journal--the truth about his own life and leaves it in his local café. It's run by the incredibly tidy and efficient Monica, who furtively adds her own entry and leaves the book in the wine bar across the street. Before long, the others who find the green notebook add the truths about their own deepest selves--and soon find each other In Real Life at Monica's Café.The Authenticity Project's cast of characters--including Hazard, the charming addict who makes a vow to get sober; Alice, the fabulous mommy Instagrammer whose real life is a lot less perfect than it looks online; and their other new friends--is by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life. It's a story about being brave and putting your real self forward--and finding out that it's not as scary as it seems. In fact, it looks a lot like happiness.The Authenticity Project is just the tonic for our times that readers are clamoring for--and one they will take to their hearts and read with unabashed pleasure.

The Authenticity Project Details

TitleThe Authenticity Project
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 4th, 2020
PublisherPamela Dorman Books
ISBN-139781984878618
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Adult Fiction

The Authenticity Project Review

  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis was a breath of fresh air. A unique premise and some characters that you couldn't help but root for. The only real criticism I have is I thought the second half wasn't quite as good as the first half of the book. In my opinion there were a core group of characters and there were a few that didn't seem completely necessary. However, the story bounces back and does have some interesting things happen in the end.So The Authenticity Project, what is it? Well, Julian is an elderly man 3.5 starsThis was a breath of fresh air. A unique premise and some characters that you couldn't help but root for. The only real criticism I have is I thought the second half wasn't quite as good as the first half of the book. In my opinion there were a core group of characters and there were a few that didn't seem completely necessary. However, the story bounces back and does have some interesting things happen in the end.So The Authenticity Project, what is it? Well, Julian is an elderly man who has kept to himself for a very long time. He thinks people aren't honest with one another so he decides to write the truth about himself in a green notebook and he leaves it in a local cafe for someone to find. The owner of the cafe, Monica, comes across the notebook and decides to write about some of the things she is most vulnerable about in her life and then she leaves the notebook in a bar so another person can have their chance to spill their guts. And eventually some of the people who have written in the notebook get a chance to meet, and you'll just have to read the book to find out what happens next.The plot might seem a bit far-fetched but it does work for the most part in the story. You just kinda have to go with the idea that some people aren't concerned about their privacy and make it fairly easy for the next reader of the notebook to figure out their identity. And sometimes in life it is good to take chances because it can lead you in a more positive direction. I think most of us at the core are decent human beings who enjoy helping others and I loved seeing that play out in this book with all of these strangers coming together and looking out for one another. The story alternates between the different characters who write in the notebook. I liked the first 4 core characters but the other characters introduced afterwards didn't do much for me. Everything ties in together eventually but the story becomes a bit muddled in the second half. A sense of community is certainly part of the story but when you have too many side plots due to too many characters, it's usually best to scale back a bit. Overall, I did enjoy this one and recommend it to anyone looking to read something that has heart and also restores your faith in humanity just a tad.I won a free copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Carolyn McBride
    January 1, 1970
    DNFI don't have many books that I couldn't finish, but there have been a few. This one now rests among their number.Halfway through the book, I could no longer force myself to wade through page after page of sad people stuck in torturous, pointless lives. Perhaps this was uplifting for some, but not me.There are too many other books out there that move me to force myself to read something I don't enjoy.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. My apologies to the author.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was absolutely charming. Each character has their story to tell and their own authentic selves to share which they do through a notebook. Each time a story is told the notebook is then left for someone else to find and because people are essentially good, each new person feels like they should help the person before. This results in a chain of good deeds that brings them together and changes their lives. Each new writer propels the plot forward as they read the previous stories and This book was absolutely charming. Each character has their story to tell and their own authentic selves to share which they do through a notebook. Each time a story is told the notebook is then left for someone else to find and because people are essentially good, each new person feels like they should help the person before. This results in a chain of good deeds that brings them together and changes their lives. Each new writer propels the plot forward as they read the previous stories and take action. There are a lot of characters but they are all so different that it was never confusing, even when their stories all connect. I quickly grew attached to many of them and even characters I didn’t particularly like at first grew on me as I got to know them. Things can't be all sunshine and puppies though so you know conflict and drama are coming to tear it all apart. I was a bit sad to see the friendships built in the first part of the book break down. You would think that with everyone baring their souls in the notebook that they wouldn’t be hiding too many secrets from each other but this is absolutely what happens and anguish ensues. In the end everyone has some sort of a conclusion to their story and it is for the most part positive and happy, but also bittersweet. I became emotionally attached to these characters and I admit I was a bit teary. This is a story with a great big heart and a lot of humour. It’s a feel good read that will make you wonder about the stories of those around you and maybe encourage a little more kindness and understanding as everyone has their own authentic selves hidden inside and it may not be the image you see. Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada and Viking for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
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  • Abi
    January 1, 1970
    Omg I really loved this one! I wasn’t expecting to but I really did! I found a little bit of myself in all the characters! I loved how funny this was it reminded me of a Sophie Kinsella book! The characters were so heartwarming and it gave me all the warm and fuzzy feelings! It’s a great book to make you feel happy! I loved how all the characters were intertwined and the idea of the story, this book was amazing and I’m so lucky that I got to read it before it came out! So many people in the Omg I really loved this one! I wasn’t expecting to but I really did! I found a little bit of myself in all the characters! I loved how funny this was it reminded me of a Sophie Kinsella book! The characters were so heartwarming and it gave me all the warm and fuzzy feelings! It’s a great book to make you feel happy! I loved how all the characters were intertwined and the idea of the story, this book was amazing and I’m so lucky that I got to read it before it came out! So many people in the office have been reading it and loving it and I KNEW I had to find out what everyone was talking about! This book is going to explode when it gets released! It’s amazing and everyone should grab a copy of it!
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    Great characters, whose lifestories I found both relatable and entertaining, and a lovely, engaging style- I was drawn in from the first pages and couldn't put down the book until I discovered how the little green notebook tied the lives of these strangers together.Full review to come closer to the publication date- February 4th, 2020.Thank you to Edelweiss and Pamela Dorman for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
  • Tara Weiss
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Hollywood: I think this one would make a great movie, so get on that please! 1. Amazingly crafted, colorful, relatable characters with of-the-moment problems.2. Cinematic filming locations with strong visuals: London, Thailand, maybe a bit of Australia3. Romance, love, longing . . . relationships of all kinds!4. A strong message about what it means to be real; this is a message WE NEED TO HEAR.5. Full spectrum of human emotion from multigenerational points of view6. Offers insight into the Dear Hollywood: I think this one would make a great movie, so get on that please! 1. Amazingly crafted, colorful, relatable characters with of-the-moment problems.2. Cinematic filming locations with strong visuals: London, Thailand, maybe a bit of Australia3. Romance, love, longing . . . relationships of all kinds!4. A strong message about what it means to be real; this is a message WE NEED TO HEAR.5. Full spectrum of human emotion from multigenerational points of view6. Offers insight into the WHY of people's actions7. Makes you want to be a better person8. Reminds us to connect with others - to do the things that make an impact in the life of another.9. Uplifting in an age when there's much to complain about10. We need each other. Doesn't matter who you are or where you come from. Be a part of it.
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  • Christine Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start by saying I loved this book and its incredible characters!!! I read this book very fast because I needed to know what would happen with everyone. Julian is an older lonely man who takes green notebook and writes down his truth. He calls it The Authenticity Project. He leaves the notebook in Monica's cafe. She reads Julian's truth and adds her own. As the notebook travels and new characters are added and you read their truths , you realize how much truth you keep from yourself and Let me start by saying I loved this book and its incredible characters!!! I read this book very fast because I needed to know what would happen with everyone. Julian is an older lonely man who takes green notebook and writes down his truth. He calls it The Authenticity Project. He leaves the notebook in Monica's cafe. She reads Julian's truth and adds her own. As the notebook travels and new characters are added and you read their truths , you realize how much truth you keep from yourself and your friends. I loved this cast of quirky, lovable, real characters! This is a book that will stay with me for a very long time!!! I received an advanced readers copy and all opinions are my own.
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  • Liz Kirchhoff
    January 1, 1970
    This was so clever and charming! While it was a bit overly long in the middle, the author more than made up for it with characters that I loved meeting and spending time with. This would be a great pick for people who liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. This was so clever and charming! While it was a bit overly long in the middle, the author more than made up for it with characters that I loved meeting and spending time with. This would be a great pick for people who liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. ❤️
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  • Shellie Risner
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. The characters were so different from each other that it kept the story interesting. It was easy to become passionate for each one. I hope that she continues with book 2. I would love to see where the story goes. Great job.
  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a must read, a true feel good story about a group of people who find each other. Julian starts writing in a notebook he titles, The Authenticity Project, in which he asks questions such as who really knows their neighbors, or the truth about people around them? Telling his own story, he leaves the notebook to be written in, and it is after Monica finds it in her cafe. Writing her true feelings, the book continues on as more characters are added, and they end up forming a circle of This book is a must read, a true feel good story about a group of people who find each other. Julian starts writing in a notebook he titles, The Authenticity Project, in which he asks questions such as who really knows their neighbors, or the truth about people around them? Telling his own story, he leaves the notebook to be written in, and it is after Monica finds it in her cafe. Writing her true feelings, the book continues on as more characters are added, and they end up forming a circle of friends to offset their loneliness. It’s a lovely story, original and well written. I highly recommend this one and thank Netgalley for the ARC.
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  • Rachel Marks
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. It is the perfect balance of warmth and wit. Cleverly written, it made me laugh out loud in lots of places and made me feel all warm and fuzzy in others. I loved the idea that is explored about the way people present an image and what's really hidden underneath that and the way all the characters linked through the authenticity project. Definite shades of classic Richard Curtis - I highly recommend.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsWhile drowning in his own regret and loneliness, Julian embarked on a challenge, for himself and others, to be their most authentic selves. He shared his confessions in a small green notebook, which he then left in a public place, for others to do the same. This started a chain reaction of confessions and passing on the notebook, which led to connection, friendship, forgiveness, and redemption. In the first part of this book, Pooley masterfully wove these stories together in Rating: 4.5 StarsWhile drowning in his own regret and loneliness, Julian embarked on a challenge, for himself and others, to be their most authentic selves. He shared his confessions in a small green notebook, which he then left in a public place, for others to do the same. This started a chain reaction of confessions and passing on the notebook, which led to connection, friendship, forgiveness, and redemption. In the first part of this book, Pooley masterfully wove these stories together in such a beautiful way. I was absolutely delighted with the way these people, who were loosely connected, became part of each other's orbits. Small gestures, turned into big gestures, which grew and grew into something rather wonderful. They were an eclectic bunch, but formed quite a lovely "family". Pooley threw in a few surprises there, which were interesting, but even without those, I still would have loved this story. The characters were quirky and interesting and flawed, but they had so much heart. The story made me laugh and cry. It both caused my heart to warm and to break. It was just a beautiful look at the power of real human connection, which really touched me in a very positive way. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    January 1, 1970
    Going into this book I knew immediately I was going to love it! The whole concept was amazing and it definitely had me questioning how well do we really know people, especially in the age where anyone can be anyone online! Julian and older man and former painter who lost his wife, and has some regrets with his life feels like everyone walks by him and no one sees him anymore decides to pour his feelings in a notebook and he names it The Authenticity Project. He leaves the notebook on the counter Going into this book I knew immediately I was going to love it! The whole concept was amazing and it definitely had me questioning how well do we really know people, especially in the age where anyone can be anyone online! Julian and older man and former painter who lost his wife, and has some regrets with his life feels like everyone walks by him and no one sees him anymore decides to pour his feelings in a notebook and he names it The Authenticity Project. He leaves the notebook on the counter of a cafe. He asks the person who finds it, to write their most deep and authentic thoughts in it and then leave it somewhere else, for someone to find it and have it continue its journey. What Julian doesn’t realize by starting this he begins to bring people together in the most amazing ways. Soon these people meet up Monica a cafe owner, Hazard an addict whose still overcoming his own demons, Alison a new mom and influencer and Riley whose a gardener from Australia. The book brings these wonderful characters together and they begin to rely on each other but also it brings in some misconceptions, and what happens is a beautiful story filled with flawed but relatable characters. I found myself so invested in each character. I wanted to order a cup of coffee at Monica’s cafe and meet every single character! Five beautiful well deserved stars!
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank the author, the publisher and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this book. It was a wonderful book, the story was brilliant and I loved all of the characters, I raced through the book because I wanted to know what happened to the characters, but I was sad because once I had finished I would not see them again. I will be recommending this book to everyone I know.
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  • Gail Williamson
    January 1, 1970
    The loveliest, most charming book! So disappointing to see it end because these characters deserve to live on.A wonderful story of strangers who share their Authenticity in a most surprising fashion. The book showed the misunderstandings and judgements we accept and pass on to others and how all these form our own story.Would love to see this book turned into a movie.Thank you #NetGalley for this advance copy and I will look for futher writings from #ClarePooley. #TheAuthenticiyProject
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  • Lorraine
    January 1, 1970
    This was an excellent debut book with an original idea which I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters were well drawn and likeable and the storyline was realistic.If you are looking for a heartwarming and enjoyable read about finding friendships in the most unlikely way then this book is for you.Highly recommended!
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book. Hooked from the beginning and could not put it down. Glad I received the advanced reader's copy .
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    This book quietly took hold and did not let me go.An interesting premise with characters that drew me in and kept me engrossed until the last page.Charming, beautiful and bittersweet. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
  • Tamsin Preece
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great book! Julien leaves the Authenticity project in a cafe, where Monica finds it. From there, we are introduced to a whole host of characters, each different and very realistically written. I could relate to them all in some way, as they were so well rounded.I loved the way that you got some background about each of the new characters and they showed you what the others had written before them. I don't want to offer any spoilers as this book is such a treat that you'll want to This is a great book! Julien leaves the Authenticity project in a cafe, where Monica finds it. From there, we are introduced to a whole host of characters, each different and very realistically written. I could relate to them all in some way, as they were so well rounded.I loved the way that you got some background about each of the new characters and they showed you what the others had written before them. I don't want to offer any spoilers as this book is such a treat that you'll want to discover it for yourself. Its a nice easy read and I was NOT prepared for the ending. I look forward to reading more by this talented author. Thank you to NetGalley and the Publishers for my copy of this book.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    How honest are we with others about our lives? How honest are we with ourselves? What would happen if we started to tell the truth? Would it bring us together or drive us further apart? The Authenticity Project asks these questions of all those who find the plain green notebook and makes a big impact on all of their lives in the process. Relatable, charming, and real – this novel deals with the realities of addiction, loneliness, and longing, as well as with the challenges we face in figuring How honest are we with others about our lives? How honest are we with ourselves? What would happen if we started to tell the truth? Would it bring us together or drive us further apart? The Authenticity Project asks these questions of all those who find the plain green notebook and makes a big impact on all of their lives in the process. Relatable, charming, and real – this novel deals with the realities of addiction, loneliness, and longing, as well as with the challenges we face in figuring out who we are and what lives we really want to be living. At once light and plaintive, this story touches the heart and is just the right read for anyone navigating their own relationship to authenticity, truth, and community.
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  • Max Dunne
    January 1, 1970
    The Authenticity Project is an uplifting read from start to finish. I found startling similarities between myself and pretty much all of the major characters, all the way down to details like Julian Jessop's favourite retro snack. The character's are unbelievably relatable, and in an age where human's are re-imagining themselves online, and potentially hamming up who they truly are, The Authenticity Project is an honest and well-timed shot of reality that we all need. Clare herself is a helpful The Authenticity Project is an uplifting read from start to finish. I found startling similarities between myself and pretty much all of the major characters, all the way down to details like Julian Jessop's favourite retro snack. The character's are unbelievably relatable, and in an age where human's are re-imagining themselves online, and potentially hamming up who they truly are, The Authenticity Project is an honest and well-timed shot of reality that we all need. Clare herself is a helpful and inspiring person, and her traits come through in all of her characters. A brilliant and fun read which has stayed with me for a very long time. Thrilled to see it out in the world - a world which will be better off for it.
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  • Stephanie Crowe
    January 1, 1970
    The Authenticity Project by Clare PooleyCharming and delightful! And with a healthy dose of genuineness! This is a great feel good book! I was entranced by the characters whom I came to care about! Of course, Julian started it all with THE BOOK! There certainly is some truth to his questions that relate to all of us and promote reflection! I was engaged at the first page and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen to all of those who came across his book! You’ll come to love Monica, The Authenticity Project by Clare PooleyCharming and delightful! And with a healthy dose of genuineness! This is a great feel good book! I was entranced by the characters whom I came to care about! Of course, Julian started it all with THE BOOK! There certainly is some truth to his questions that relate to all of us and promote reflection! I was engaged at the first page and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen to all of those who came across his book! You’ll come to love Monica, Hazard, Riley and many others as they respond to THE BOOK! And what makes it even more special is the personal connection it has with the author! Lovely read!
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    This was an utterly charming book revolving around the lives of five people living in London: Julien, an older artist who lost his wife, Monica, a cafe owner, Hazard, an addict, Allison, a new mom and Instagram influencer, and Riley, a visitor from Australia. The book begins as Julien writes frankly about his loneliness and leaves the book at the cafe for Monica to find and continue. Soon all the characters are coming together in interesting and fun ways.The writing is easy to read and the story This was an utterly charming book revolving around the lives of five people living in London: Julien, an older artist who lost his wife, Monica, a cafe owner, Hazard, an addict, Allison, a new mom and Instagram influencer, and Riley, a visitor from Australia. The book begins as Julien writes frankly about his loneliness and leaves the book at the cafe for Monica to find and continue. Soon all the characters are coming together in interesting and fun ways.The writing is easy to read and the story easily sucks you in. The book is charming with a lot of heart. Thanks to NetGalley.com, the author, and publisher for my ARC.
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  • Rinette
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the beautifully drawn characters. I felt as if i had known each one of them forever. The diary exchange element adds to the incredible charm of this gentle and heartwarming novel which made me believe in the generosity of humankind again. The artist stole my heart.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOLI requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .The story of a solitary green When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄️ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOLI requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.The story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to an unexpected friendship, and even loveJulian Jessop, an eccentric, lonely artist and septuagenarian believes that most people aren't really honest with each other. But what if they were? And so he writes--in a plain, green journal--the truth about his own life and leaves it in his local café. It's run by the incredibly tidy and efficient Monica, who furtively adds her own entry and leaves the book in the wine bar across the street. Before long, the others who find the green notebook add the truths about their own deepest selves--and soon find each other In Real Life at Monica's Café.The Authenticity Project's cast of characters--including Hazard, the charming addict who makes a vow to get sober; Alice, the fabulous mommy Instagrammer whose real life is a lot less perfect than it looks online; and their other new friends--is by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life. It's a story about being brave and putting your real self forward--and finding out that it's not as scary as it seems. In fact, it looks a lot like happiness.The Authenticity Project is just the tonic for our times that readers are clamouring for--and one they will take to their hearts and read with unabashed pleasure.Although it took me a while to get into the book, I was glad that I stuck it out as the story was compelling once it got going. The six main characters in the novel were fun to get to know and watch their journies come to fruition. This book would appeal to many readers - in fact, it may be assumed that it is a self-help book from its cover and get some non-fiction readers to read it. (Side diatribe...I hate that superior kind of people that say, while screwing their faces up with disgust, "Oh, I don't real NOVELS" as if you are reading utter nonsensical toilet paper and they are such a better person than you are!" Bite it, people!!!) This is a fun read and I recommend it as a great way to start off the month February when it is released - it is a great book to read and fall in love with. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 💌💌💌💌
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  • Darlene
    January 1, 1970
    This delightful, charming, and uplifting story about a group of individuals learning how to be their true selves is a real gem. Julian Jessop, a lonely, elderly artist, writes in a notebook, "Everyone lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth instead?" He then leaves this notebook in a cafe, where it begins its journey through the lives of four people who all struggle to find balance between their public selves and their authentic selves. The characters are what make this This delightful, charming, and uplifting story about a group of individuals learning how to be their true selves is a real gem. Julian Jessop, a lonely, elderly artist, writes in a notebook, "Everyone lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth instead?" He then leaves this notebook in a cafe, where it begins its journey through the lives of four people who all struggle to find balance between their public selves and their authentic selves. The characters are what make this book stand out. They are complex and believable. The reader can see a bit of themselves in them. Monica's insecurities and Alice's struggles with parenthood are similar to what many women battle. Both women try so hard to appear to be in control and have it all sorted out, but the reader can appreciate the reality of their imperfections. One of my favorite lines from the book, "It took a lot of planning and hard work for Monica to be this relaxed," rings so true to me. Pooley seems to "get it." The male characters are just as flawed and intriguing. Hazard's struggle with addiction is portrayed as ongoing, not something that is easily fixed. It isn't sugar-coated.The plot has just enough bumps and turns to keep the reader interested. Just when you think you have a character figured out, something surprises you. The end is mostly satisfying. I would change a couple things in the romance aspects of the book, but overall, I think the book finished as it should. In the end, I finished this book with a smile on my face. I would definitely recommend it to any reader that enjoys a character-driven book in which people deal with real life struggles and learn to be their best selves.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the premise of this book. An old man who has some regrets about his life writes down his deepest thoughts on a few pages in a notebook that he calls "The Authenticity Project." He leaves it somewhere random in his neighborhood and invites the person who finds it to write their most raw and authentic thoughts in it then leave it for someone else to find and contribute. What he doesn't know is that by doing that, he is bringing people together even while they are writing anonymous pages I loved the premise of this book. An old man who has some regrets about his life writes down his deepest thoughts on a few pages in a notebook that he calls "The Authenticity Project." He leaves it somewhere random in his neighborhood and invites the person who finds it to write their most raw and authentic thoughts in it then leave it for someone else to find and contribute. What he doesn't know is that by doing that, he is bringing people together even while they are writing anonymous pages into the notebook. So this novel is structured in several different voices, all of which have written in this unusual notebook, and who have made a difference in the lives of those before (and after) them. The characters came alive for me. They are definitely not perfect, but they are very human. I cheered when things went like I thought they should. And I found myself mentally yelling at the page a couple of times. There are surprises, so don't be allowing yourself to think you know how its going to go. As serious as this sounds, it is also very funny so that I laughed too. I liked this book from an author that is new to me, and in fact, has published what I believe may be her first work of fiction. I will be looking for other books by her. I received this advance reader's copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. It was a wonderfully written book with characters that you loved and understood. It begins when Monica finds a scribbler with the “truth” about one mans life. The rest of the book brings in the other characters that find this scribbler and add their stories. These people slowly meet up and with people in reality there are numerous misconceptions that lead to hurt feelings and arguments. This group of characters greatly compliment each Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. It was a wonderfully written book with characters that you loved and understood. It begins when Monica finds a scribbler with the “truth” about one mans life. The rest of the book brings in the other characters that find this scribbler and add their stories. These people slowly meet up and with people in reality there are numerous misconceptions that lead to hurt feelings and arguments. This group of characters greatly compliment each other as their differences and what combine to make each of them a better person. To say more would ruin the story for you but I truly believe you will find this story uplifting and encouraging. You will be cheering these people on and you will find a bit of you in each of these people. There are a few twists that really make the story come together.
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  • Franny Burd
    January 1, 1970
    *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in return for a fair and honest review. "The Authenticity Project" is the fictional debut of Claire Pooley. Pooley began her writing career as the author of the blog, "Mummy was a Secret Drinker". Her first book, "The Sober Diaries" was released in 2016, To be perfectly honest, I'm pleased that I didn't know her history before reading this novel, as it might have deterred me. And I loved this book. Really loved it. It's warm and authentic, *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in return for a fair and honest review. "The Authenticity Project" is the fictional debut of Claire Pooley. Pooley began her writing career as the author of the blog, "Mummy was a Secret Drinker". Her first book, "The Sober Diaries" was released in 2016, To be perfectly honest, I'm pleased that I didn't know her history before reading this novel, as it might have deterred me. And I loved this book. Really loved it. It's warm and authentic, just like the title states. It's the story of a group of diverse individuals who come together and form unlikely friendships based on a small notebook titled "The Authenticity Project". The members of the group are all flawed in their own ways but learn to see themselves as they really are and attempt to make positive changes. Wonderful book, highly recommended!
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