The Authenticity Project

The Authenticity Project

Book - 2020
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phyllis94941
May 16, 2021

This was a warm and endearing novel about truth, friendship, integrity, and the power of connection. I was intrigued by the premise, while the various characters and their situations kept me reading. Loved the quirky and humorous direction of the plot, and the interconnectivity of the characters and their lives. And there were a few surprises that took the book from predictable to fresh and entertaining. If you're looking for a contemporary novel that is sharply insightful about honesty and image, I recommend this engaging feel-good story.

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lindemuldercr
Apr 26, 2021

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amahof7
Apr 17, 2021

Very good story of a group of folks who each have discontent re their life in one way or the other. Julian, a lonely 84 yr old artist, starts writing in a journal he titles the Authenticity Project snd leaves it at Monica’s Cafe purposely for anyone to pick up and read. Luckily, Monica does and she starts an art class in her Cafe to help Julian, writes her story in the journal and leaves it in a wine bar where Hazard reads it and decides to help Monica. It’s a heartwarming story of the journey of the book and the group of 6 who end up helping their entire community by helping one another in suitable ways. Great writing, great read!! Loved this book

CMLibrary_Veronica Mar 23, 2021

To be completely honest, I was really disappointed with this book. It took forever to get started, it was super predictable, and the ending just felt forced and I saw it coming a mile away. I don't know why I had such high hopes for this book. I think I'd heard here and there that it was good so I really wanted to read and I finally got the chance and it was just lackluster, to say the least.

I think this idea was really cool and there's a lot of ways it could've gone and in some ways, I'm happy with what was done. But mostly, I just was not impressed. I didn't really love it but I know it's not the worst book I've read. It's a solid meh.

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PEG2006
Feb 02, 2021

When a lonely man leaves a book behind sharing part of his life’s story for someone else to find...what an interesting journey that book takes and weaves people’s lives together. Very enjoyable book to read! Makes you think about what if you started such a book, what would you write & where would you leave it to be found?

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JJ_3
Jan 08, 2021

This was a light hearted delightful read with truly interesting, quirky characters. Other's lives are not always as they seem! A notebook is left in a coffee shop, and as each character posts an 'authentic' entry, they know not who will read it?
The ending was not quite as I would have liked, but an enjoyable journey.

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betsymarzoni
Jan 01, 2021

It turns out that this was a good book to read on New Year's Eve. It is sweet and light and revolves around a handful of interesting characters who are each trying to become more forthright in their interactions with others, or so they intend. After a number of missteps they do each discover their genuine desires and learn to trust that they will be happier if they reveal their hearts. Perhaps that might be a good path for the new year?

JessicaGma Dec 29, 2020

It's a delightful read with a quirky cast of characters about building your own community. Julian is an old artist and starts "The Authenticity Project" which is next found by Monica, cafe owner, and keeps going. You might feel you've seen the story before, but there's enough unique to this book that will keep you reading. It's a nice palate cleanser if you've been reading dense books.

TSCPL_Miranda Dec 20, 2020

I loved this heartwarming story about a cast of quirky characters who decide to get real and make something of their lives. The Authenticity Project begins when 79-year-old Julian leaves a notebook in a local cafe, posing an intriguing question: "Everybody lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth?" He writes about his loneliness, an appeal that reaches Monica, the owner of the cafe and the next person to pick up the notebook. She adds her own story, and leaves the notebook for someone else to find, even as she begins thinking about ways to soften Julian's loneliness. And so begins a story of soul-searching, kindness, friendship, revelations, and lovely resolutions. You'll smile, and sigh, and never forget this one.

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l_langer
Dec 12, 2020

A nice, light read. The chapters are around 3-4 pages each, so it is a nice book to read when you need a little break from some heavier content reading and don't want to think too much. The story is written from the perspective of about 6 different people, all who pick up a shared notebook at some point, and include some of their own truths about themselves inside of it. An uplifting book that leaves you feeling like you just watched a Hallmark Christmas movie.

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2303tes
Nov 16, 2020

Fast paced read and most enjoyable especially for these times.

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2greyts
Nov 15, 2020

This book is a delightful change of pace. Charming, uh-oh, and yes, of course in a lively, lovely read.

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des01
Nov 05, 2020

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was a page turner. I enjoyed the depth it went into individual characters. Definitely, recommend this book.

sjpl_rebekah Oct 30, 2020

Some books come to you at the right time, and this was one such book for me. I really needed something fun and uplifting, and this truly was a “feel good” read. The writer’s style is very similar to one of my favorite authors, Liane Moriarty, though the content is lighter. We really get to delve into the feelings of the characters and join them through their introspection and personal growth. I liked the way the book was divided into many POV chapters, and found that it made the story very fast-paced and engaging. I enjoyed the uniqueness of each character voice, and though I found some of the premise to be rather far-fetched, I still found it relatable and I wanted to believe in the characters. This book really brings into focus the importance of authenticity to build meaningful relationships, and had an interesting focus on how we as individuals create our own narratives and truths. It was very fascinating and gave me much to ponder.

Really enjoyed this book in audiobook format. It was smooth and well narrated. I felt the performer really added depth to the characters.

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jaxsrose
Sep 15, 2020

I loved how this book made me feel. Happy and content. I really enjoyed the different characters and reading about their connections to each other. I didn't want to book to end. It was warm story about connections, love and friends turning into family.

STPL_JessH Sep 04, 2020

Authenticity Project has been called the "feel good book of 2020" and it certainly is in the running for such a description! This is a sweet book about connection, community, and a group of well-intentioned people who make a few missteps on their way to expressing their truest selves.

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tammygfarmgirl
Aug 12, 2020

What a sweet story. A little green notebook, left behind, that changes the lives of all who find it.

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dallazdiva
Jun 28, 2020

The premise of this book was certainly novel (pun intended!) but quite unrealistic. If the characters had written their life stories anonymously it would certainly be believable. To give away your names and privacy and entire angst filled life into the hand of a total stranger, is ludicrous. That is where this book just nose dived for me. Julian was probably the best character in this book. The others did not draw me in and the ending was obvious from the very beginning!! Not sure what all the hype was about!!

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TeaD4
Jun 26, 2020

The Authenticity Project shows us the rich complexities of life hidden behind the seemingly perfect images people put on display with others and on social media. The story jumps from the perspectives of one character to another, and the reader quickly sees just how easily people can be misunderstood. I absolutely enjoyed reading this book, and once I started reading I couldn't stop! A great pick that made me think how I can be more authentic in my own life.

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cmgerrard
Jun 02, 2020

Compelling plot and characters, I really enjoyed reading this book!

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bookreader02
Apr 01, 2020

Pooley’s The Authenticity Project begins with Julian Jessop, an eclectic retired artist, suffering from loneliness. Under the belief that people are not inclined to be genuine, he decides to write his story in a little green book, and leaves it in his local cafe. The green book then travels through the hands of six strangers, uniting them through honest stories.
The best piece of this book is its humanity. Though at times it is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, each of the six strangers and their stories feel real. Pooley presents believable fiction that showcases humanity through this character driven novel. It further leads the reader to reevaluate who they are, and how they present themselves to others. If they are truly authentic.
The Authenticity Project pulled me out of a major reading slump. At times novels can feel distant, so unlike the world that we live in and the lives that we lead. It was incredibly refreshing to read a story that was recognizable and accessible. It was a novel that forced me to just sit for a second after turning the last page, to take in the events and feel.
The Authenticity Project is a perfect read for anyone who could use a reminder of authenticity, humanity and the best of people. Five stars may not be enough praise.

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LeistraCJ
Mar 26, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters. I loved to concept.... just an enjoyable read overall

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nanceyip
Mar 25, 2020

I wanted this novel to go on and on. It was warm and funny story about connections, love and family. I absolutely loved reading this book!

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springclouds
Mar 21, 2020

Just the right story to escape from a world in the middle of a pandemic.

DCLadults Feb 18, 2020

A New & Noteworthy pick. A journal is left behind in a London café. Monica discovers it and reads the first entry from an elderly, eccentric artist who talks about his loneliness and the need for sharing, “not on the internet, but with those real people around you." She adds her own personal note and the journal circulates in the neighborhood, where others add their truths. The relatable characters make this debut a pleasure to read.


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