A Clever, Uplifting Book That Entertains And Makes You Think Sophie Kinsella, 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 Caf 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 CafThe 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 HappinessThe 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 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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.