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Six strangers with one universal thing in common: their lives aren’t always what they make them out to be.

What would happen if they told the truth instead?

Julian Jessop is tired of hiding the deep loneliness he feels. So he begins The Authenticity Project – a small green notebook containing the truth about his life.

Leaving the notebook on a table in his friendly neighbourhood café, Julian never expects Monica, the owner, to track him down after finding it. Or that she’ll be inspired to write down her own story.

Little do they realize that such small acts of honesty hold the power to impact all those who discover the notebook and change their lives completely.

Title : The Authenticity Project
Author : Clare Pooley
Format : Paperback
Page Count : 400
Genre : Contemporary Fiction
Publisher : Penguin Books
Release Date : February 18, 2021

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★

Micky’s 4 star review

Friendships and bonds
Preconceptions smashed

I’ve heard about this book in the last year, all positive murmurings. The actual experience of reading it was pretty joyful to be honest. It was real, fun and it was about friendships across age groups. I adored that aspect as it’s something I personally identify with.

The idea of this notebook, encouraging the next person to pick it up, to be authentic, was powerful without being preachy. How this book brought together this eclectic group of people and how they bonded was the kind of reading you get immersed in. Julian was a favourite, despite his flaws. His flamboyance, his eccentricity and spirit touched my heart throughout.

The themes of everyday difficulties, jobs, relationships, addictions and loneliness brought a sense of realism and ordinary-ness to the book. It also made the story feel identifiable in many ways. Added to this were a number of unexpected turns alongside a few expected ones as well.

I think it would be hard for anyone to pick this up and not feel enchanted.

Thank you to Penguin Random House and Adventures with words for the review copy.

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