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

"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 green exercise book that he labels The Authenticity Project, before
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Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Viking
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Katie B
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carolyn McBride
Jan 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF

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.
Susan
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
Abi
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Toni
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Tara Weiss
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
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Christine Moore
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Liz Kirchhoff
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shellie Risner
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Rachel Marks
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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Cassie-Traveling Sister-
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 ...more
Cheryl
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Gail Williamson
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lorraine
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Julia
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Hooked from the beginning and could not put it down. Glad I received the advanced reader's copy .
Karen
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tiffany
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Max Dunne
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Stephanie Crowe
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley
Charming 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,
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Dawn
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rinette
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Janet
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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. LOL

I 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
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Darlene
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Linda
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sarah
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Franny Burd
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*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,
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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, Clare’s first novel, was inspired by her experience of telling the truth about her life.