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The Authenticity Project

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  3,400 ratings  ·  843 reviews
"A story about a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love--think Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine meets Love, Actually.

"Everybody lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth?" This is the question that Julian Jessop, an eccentric, seventy-nine-year-old artist, poses within a pale
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Pamela Dorman Books
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Katie B
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This 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
Susan's Reviews
What a quaint story, but beware: things are a not always as they seem! I liked the interesting plot twist with Julian. He got his comeuppance for his philandering and selfish ways, but also a second chance at life - redemption is probably a better word for this part of the story line.

The narrative meandered a bit, and I wondered whether the author was playing at misdirection, like a magician, but I could also foresee the potential ending of this story right in the first few chapters, so I
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ew
3.25 stars

I thought I needed a light read after reading a few intense novels, but The Authenticity Project, while enjoyable, was a bit too light. The concept was clever. 75 year old Julian, a lonely aging artist, writes about his loneliness in a notebook titled The Authenticity Project which he then leaves in Monicas cafe. Monica then writes about her desperation for a family, and then passes the notebook on to another stranger. Slowly, all these strangers become connected, and the reader
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
I loved how realistic and raw this story is. Each character has their own imperfections and they are each relatable in their own way, no matter the age difference.

Not only does this story show the reality of humanity, it shows the ripple effect that each person can have on each other. Actions can have a larger impact than what anyone may expect.

With that ripple effect, I loved how this novel interwove and connected each character and their story to each other.

It was a meaningful story of
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing


I'm speechless. This book is a beautiful reminder that you have only one life, and to live it plainly. That whatever happens, you need to choose yourself first. Don't live a lie, and don't lie to yourself either. If you're lonely, get out of your comfort zone, and go meet new people. If you're sad, find the reason why and try to change the situation to be happy. Try not to judge so quickly everyone: nothing is what is seems. You are not perfect: why does anyone have to be?

This book
Carolyn McBride
Jan 14, 2020 rated it did not like it

I 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.
ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
I had reverse metamorphosed from a butterfly into a caterpillar.

I couldnt put The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley down this weekend. I was completely drawn to the idea of strangers meeting, and becoming friends, via a notebook. It was such an interesting concept and I loved reading the authors take on it. I will admit, I was slightly worried this would be a bit saccharine based on the synopsis, but I still wanted to give the novel a chance. As the book gets rolling, I was still unsure of
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This story affirms how we all think that the grass is greener that everyone elses lives are better than our own and how very misleading appearances can be. Also, how, by telling the bald truth, several disparate and flawed characters come together in friendship. A feel-good read that confirms that happiness is possible but it sometimes requires more effort than a lot of people are willing to expend. Or
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up
Solidly good read, endearing characters that I couldn't help but root for positive outcomes. I felt like a couple of them had unfinished arcs, but overall I liked the way most of their stories concluded. I think readers will find characters they will identify with, because there's a wide variety of problems and concerns they are facing. I liked the themes of authenticity and how we even have to learn how to be authentic with ourselves.
Sweet book and worth reading.

Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg I really loved this one! I wasnt 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! Its 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 Im so lucky that I got to read it before it came out! So many people in the office ...more
Christine Moore
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
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 a 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 ...more
Tara Weiss
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 Australia
3. 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 view
6. Offers insight into the
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
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.
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I would LOVE to leave a notebook in one of the local coffee shops I have frequented and allow people to write their "truths" in it, but where I live (or probably in most places) I'm afraid the notebook would either be stolen (maybe that person's truth would be that they are a clepto) or people would write varying obscenities it in ("For a good time, call 555-1234"). But in a perfect world, an authenticity project notebook would be absolutely fascinating!
"The Authenticity Project" is so
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The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley is such a fun book to review. The characters are quirky and easy to relate to and the concept is really unique. This novel will have you feeling all sorts of emotions.

What is so intriguing about this book is its little green notebook that contains its authors innermost thoughts and feelings. As one can imagine, it becomes cathartic to the characters that write the truth about their lives. It is when these characters form
Oh, my heart. I simply adored this book. It has all of the makings of my favorite kind of book Memorable characters with flaws, lonely hearts that just need love, and the common thread is acceptance and community. Im so sad its over I want more time with these people! ...more
Melanie’s reads
Oh how I loved this beautiful book and every word contained on the pages within. Its a story that is tender at heart but that covers serious subjects including addiction, loneliness and post natal depression. You would think with such hard hitting stuff it would be depressing but its the complete opposite. Its an absolute bloody joy with humour that will have you snorting your cuppa out of your nose (you have been warned).

You will fall in love with the characters and that will be all of them
Shannon (The Book Club Mom)
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Authenticity Project is one of the most heartwarming, authentic, and original novels that Ive ever read. Each character took a little piece of my heart. They are all beautifully flawed and genuine individuals. Best of all, they form the most unlikely friendship in the most unique way. I wanted to weasel my way into their special little group and I dont even like people that much! I will remember these characters forever. The next time youre in the mood for a warm, fuzzy and extremely ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

3.5 stars

Julian wondered what had happened to the little notebook hed left there. He often felt like he was slowly disappearing without trace. One day, in the not too distant future, his head would finally slip under the water and hed barely leave a ripple behind. Through that book, at least one person would see him properly. And writing it had been a comfort, like loosening the laces on those uncomfortable shoes, letting his feet breathe a bit more easily.
Elvina Zafril
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: times-reads
The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley was charming and the idea of this book is creative. It was so entertaining and I couldnt stop thinking about when Im not reading it.

Each characters in this story has their story to tell which they shared through a notebook left by Julian. The Authenticity project. How well do you know the people who live near you? How well do they know you? Do you even know the names of your neighbors? Would you realize if they were in trouble, or hadnt left their house
Jodie (thathappyreader)
I really wanted to like this book, but it was just okay for me. I liked the concept of The Authenticity Project and how the notebook was passed from character to character. I also enjoyed the diversity of the cast of characters and the friendship that they created but I just didnt feel connected to these characters and their story. I felt it difficult to stay engaged to this book. This is most likely simply a mismatch of reader to book as others have reviewed this book much more positively.

3.5 stars.

I finished American Dirt a few days ago and still feeling like I needed a lighter book after that, I grabbed this off my shelf. This was a sweet, uplifting story that was perfect for what I needed. I really appreciated the themes of honesty in friendship and community as these strangers gradually got to know each other because of a little green notebook in which they claim to share the truth of who they are. I also liked seeing how the characters changed and matured throughout the
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: march-2020
I wanted to like this one but got very bored towards the second half.
Teri Ann
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
It was absolutely delightful! I rooted for each character to conquer their own personal demons. It made me smile and laugh and feel sympathy for situations each character encountered. Read it!
Samantha (WLABB)
Rating: 4.5 Stars

While 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
Hannah Higgins
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Omg! I was not expecting to love this as much as I did. I've sat up till half 1 in the morning to finish it. This story really has everything. Happy moments, sad moments, shocking moments and it had me literally laughing out loud. The characters and how they connected to each other was awesome. I particularly loved Julian and Mrs Wu. I honestly wish this book never ended and I could follow the characters forever ❤

Thank you so much to the author and the pigeonhole app for giving me a copy of this
Liz Kirchhoff
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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. ❤ ...more
biblio_mom (Aiza)
You meet life head on and try and fight it and control it. Just a little too much, sometimes.

Lets not talk about the main character(s) but rather the main object from this book, which is a BOOK called The Authenticity Project, written by Julian, a 79 y.o man that turns out to be not 79 at all. He started the "truth chain" by first writing about himself. So this book is passed on to Monica. After Monica read the story of Julian, write something authentic about herself, she passed it on to Hazard
Lydia 🌻
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I was kindly given this book by the publishers for a honest review - thank you so much*

I LOVED this book! It was such a breath of fresh air. I loved the ensemble of characters (Monica and Alice were my faves!) and the drama and stories that came with them. Their stories had twists and depth to them that I wasnt expecting and it made for such an interesting read. The idea of telling the brutal truth about yourself is such a fresh idea and I love the whole concept of this book! The characters
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Clare Pooley graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge and spent twenty years in the heady world of advertising.

When Clare realised that she was drinking way too much, she quit, and started a blog called Mummy was a Secret Drinker, which became a memoir - The Sober Diaries.

The Authenticity Project, Clares first novel, was inspired by her experience of telling the truth about her life.

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