The Authenticity Project – Clare Pooley


Six strangers with one 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.


I absolutely loved this original story line. What a thought provoking and real message that ‘The Authenticity Project’ deals with.

I’m angry with myself for waiting so long to read it. It’s such a unique concept and truly gripping. It sparked a meaningful conversation with more than one person in my life on what we’d respectively write in this book of we found it.

I read as part of a buddy read and ended up cantering on ahead because I simply couldn’t stop, I had to find out what happened.

I was deeply invested in all the characters and how their lives intertwined. The way they are all introduce and carefully weaved info the story was crafted so well!

I found the alternating points of view for each chapter also really helped to bring it all alive. Seeing different scenes from differing perspectives really makes you think about what you are thinking versus what other people might think from the outside looking in.

I highly recommend this story – 5/5.


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