The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley is such a fun book to review. The characters are quirky and easy to relate to and the concept is really unique. This novel will have you feeling all sorts of emotions.

The Authenticity Project by Clare PooleyTitle: The Authenticity Project
Author: Clare Pooley
Also by this author: Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting
Publisher: Viking
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: February 4, 2020
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

The story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love

"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 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 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.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

What is so intriguing about this book is its little green notebook that contains its authors’ innermost thoughts and feelings. As one can imagine, it becomes cathartic to the characters that write the truth about their lives. It is when these characters form friendships and try to help one another, the real story starts to unfold.

❀ Eclectic Group of Characters

There are quite a few characters in the novel and many different perspectives to keep track of, however the writing makes it easy to follow. The group of characters is both eclectic and multigenerational, which adds a real flavour to the novel. It is hard to pick a favourite, although Julian is probably the most fun to read about. He has so many layers and is so eccentric that there are some real laugh out loud moments in the book.

❀ Gives the Reader Pause

At first, The Authenticity Project starts off giving the reader lots of pause. It really makes you wonder how truthful we really are with one another. Would unleashing the truth help us to move forward in our lives? Pooley gives some really interesting food for thought in the story that will make you stop and think.

❀ Intriguing Concept

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley is one of those books that should be on everyone’s TBR this year. It has an especially intriguing concept and a slew of interesting characters to keep you entertained. I am looking forward to reading more from Clare Pooley.

About Clare Pooley

Clare Pooley

Clare Pooley graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge and spent twenty years in the heady world of advertising.

When Clare realised that she was drinking way too much, she quit, and started a blog called Mummy was a Secret Drinker, which became a memoir - The Sober Diaries.

The Authenticity Project, Clare’s first novel, was inspired by her experience of telling the truth about her life.


About Lori

Avid reader. Contributor to The Candid Cover. Educator.

16 thoughts on “The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

  1. Dianna says:

    A few years ago, my grandmother sent me a journal-type notebook where I had to answer questions, include something from my home area, and send it to someone else. It was some high-school kid’s project. I’ve always wondered where it ended up!

    • Lori says:

      That sounds like such a fun project! I did a book blog one a few years ago and I am wondering the same thing. It would be interesting to see where it went.

    • Lori says:

      Thanks, Lu Ann. I find it helps people see the main ideas without having to spend too much time on it if they are just browsing. 🙂

  2. Sam@wlabb says:

    I ended up really loving this book. I wasn’t super pumped about the very end, though I think it had a point, but the way these lives were woven together and the idea of connection was a winning combination for me.

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