The Authenticity Project

The Authenticity Project

Book - 2020
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Julian Jessop, an eccentric, lonely artist and septuagenarian believes most people aren't really honest with 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 café. 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 Café.
Publisher: [New York] :, Viking,, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781984878618
Branch Call Number: FIC Poole
Characteristics: 357 pages


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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!!

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.

cmgerrard Jun 02, 2020

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

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.

Mar 26, 2020

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

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!

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.

Feb 12, 2020

I almost gave up on this book but the fifty page rule ruled and then I settled into it and found I was enjoying it so much more. The characters become even more authentic as it goes along and you find out what they really feel. It isn't entirely predictable but you can sense where its heading early on and yet I ended up being glad to be taken along for the ride. Some very good humor. It is a charmer. Up-Lit.

Feb 08, 2020

I loved this book. A lonely old man starts a diary in which he introduces himself. He leaves it in a London coffee shop where it is picked up by the owner, who finds the old artist and befriends him. She, in turn, leaves it for another to find and so it goes. All in the authenticity Project becomes friends and as they do, their lives improve. The ending was great. It turns out that the lonely artist wasn’t entirely honest in his writing, but this book has the makings for a Hallmark Channel movie.

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