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 Green Exercise Book That He Labels The Authenticity Project, Before Leaving It Behind In Monica S Caf When Monica Discovers Julian S Abandoned Notebook, Not Only Does She Add Her Own Story To The Book, She Is Determined To Find A Way To Help Julian Feel Less Lonely And So It Goes With The Others Who Find The Green Notebook That Will Soon Contain Their Deepest Selves It Will Also Knit The Group Together In Real Life At Monica S Cafe, Where They Ll Discover The Thrill And Sometime Risk Of Being Completely Honest And, For Some, Find Unexpected Love With A Cast Of Characters Who Are By Turns Quirky And Funny, Heartbreakingly Sad And Painfully True To Life, The Authenticity Project Is A Novel Readers Will Take To Their Hearts And Read With Unabashed Pleasure 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 tak 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 littlekindness 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 LOVED THIS BOOK This was the absolutely perfect, feel good, uplifting story that I needed Clare Pooley poured her heart and wisdom into this exceptionally delightful story I know I am gushing, but this is just one of those books you want to shout from the rooftops about, it really was that good Julian is a lonely 79 year old who realizes he has made some mistakes in his life So he decides to confess his truth in a green composition notebook with the words The Authenticity Project on the LOVED THIS BOOK This was the absolutely perfect, feel good, uplifting story that I needed Clare Pooley poured her heart and wisdom into this exceptionally delightful story I know I am gushing, but this is just one of those books you want to shout from the rooftops about, it really was that good Julian is a lonely 79 year old who realizes he has made some mistakes in his life So he decides to confess his truth in a green composition notebook with the words The Authenticity Project on the cover Monica is the owner of a caf When she finds the notebook she decides to share her truth about her desire to be a wife and mother and how she s afraid she will never find real love She is also touched by Julian story and decides she s going to bring a little joy and purpose into his life Monica also leaves the notebook in a bar for someone else to find and continue what Julian has started As the notebook is passed from one character to another and authentic thoughts are shared, these characters lives begin to intertwine Such a lovely story packed with so many quirky lovable characters I loved how even if implausible this notebook brought this diverse cast of characters together Each additional character added a little somethingto the story Although I have to say my favorites were definitely flamboyant Julian and Type A Monica The audiobook was narrated by Anna Cordell Who did a wonderful job with all the accents and this large cast of characters She gave each character a unique voice and I was never confused as to who s perspective the story was being told from This book is absolutely going on my favorites shelf, a definite possibility for my best of 2020.This book in emojis 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 w 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 apositive 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 Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That s how the light gets in LEONARD COHENPut down your phones, quit sitting in front of your computer screens, get out of your house, and enjoy the faces and company around youThe Authenticity Project has a very YOLOyou only live oncevibe It s a very sweet, cutesy, if somewhat implausible, story told from multiple perspectives Julian, the man who started it all, is, to me, theRing the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That s how the light gets in LEONARD COHENPut down your phones, quit sitting in front of your computer screens, get out of your house, and enjoy the faces and company around youThe Authenticity Project has a very YOLOyou only live oncevibe It s a very sweet, cutesy, if somewhat implausible, story told from multiple perspectives Julian, the man who started it all, is, to me, the star of this novel His thoughts, words, and actions had me chuckling throughout Such a delightful, quirky character And Keith, his muse, is even better All the characters were lovable, yet, somehow annoyingthen again, that seems to be the case with people in real life too Nobody is perfect and at it s core, I think that s the theme of TAPbeing true to yourself always At times, parts of the story felt mildly clich dthings like a woman sticking a fork in a guy s hand, a guy running down a purse snatcher, and an addict leaving notes to himself, regarding the name of the girl he s sleeping with, so he ll remember the next morning Though the story starts slowly, it definitely picks up, even offering an unexpected and solid twist ending Overall, this is well worth a read, particularly on a cozy, rainy day 3.5 stars I chose this book as the June Book of the Month option for my club.