The Authenticity Project

The Authenticity Project

Book - 2020
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"Everybody lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth?" This is the question that Julian Jessop poses within a pale green exercise book before leaving it behind in Monica's Café. 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 where they'll discover the thrill and sometime risk of being completely honest and, for some, find unexpected love.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Viking, ©2020.
ISBN: 9780735238435
Characteristics: 357 pages ;,25 cm.

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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.

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