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Book Review: The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

Huge thank you to Transworld, Random House for my advance copy. Out in the April in the UK, but already out in the US.

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

BUG Rating: 3.5/5

Overall: I loved the premise of this book – a little notebook being circulated around for people to share the ‘real them’. No more lies, or hiding behind a mask. The authenticity project is about being … well, authentic.

The first few characters that shared their story were fantastic, and I really enjoyed learning about them – there was a sadness about all of them. A deep down loneliness. I loved how the story was so interwound, that the more the notebook was used, the more connected the characters all became.

The second part of the book, wasn’t as good in my opinion. A few more characters were introduced, which I felt was a bit too much. I did however understand from the author’s note that, each character was a part of her own true story. I found that fascinating!

This book was a huge reminder not to judge a book by its cover. If you are looking for a quirky, somewhat light read, this would be a perfect one.

Plot:

The story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love

Julian 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.

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