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This book was absolutely charming Each character has their story to tell and their own authentic selves to share which they do through a notebook Each time a story is told the notebook is then left for someone else to find and because people are essentially good, each new person feels like they should help the person before This results in a chain of good deeds that brings them together and changes their lives Each new writer propels the plot forward as they read the previous stories and tak This book was absolutely charming Each character has their story to tell and their own authentic selves to share which they do through a notebook Each time a story is told the notebook is then left for someone else to find and because people are essentially good, each new person feels like they should help the person before This results in a chain of good deeds that brings them together and changes their lives Each new writer propels the plot forward as they read the previous stories and take action There are a lot of characters but they are all so different that it was never confusing, even when their stories all connect I quickly grew attached to many of them and even characters I didn t particularly like at first grew on me as I got to know them Things can t be all sunshine and puppies though so you know conflict and drama are coming to tear it all apart I was a bit sad to see the friendships built in the first part of the book break down You would think that with everyone baring their souls in the notebook that they wouldn t be hiding too many secrets from each other but this is absolutely what happens and anguish ensues In the end everyone has some sort of a conclusion to their story and it is for the most part positive and happy, but also bittersweet I became emotionally attached to these characters and I admit I was a bit teary This is a story with a great big heart and a lot of humour It s a feel good read that will make you wonder about the stories of those around you and maybe encourage a littlekindness and understanding as everyone has their own authentic selves hidden inside and it may not be the image you see Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada and Viking for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review 3.25 starsI thought I needed a light read after reading a few intense novels, but The Authenticity Project, while enjoyable, was a bit too light The concept was clever 75 year old Julian, a lonely aging artist, writes about his loneliness in a notebook titled The Authenticity Project which he then leaves in Monica s cafe Monica then writes about her desperation for a family, and then passes the notebook on to another stranger Slowly, all these strangers become connected, and the reader reali 3.25 starsI thought I needed a light read after reading a few intense novels, but The Authenticity Project, while enjoyable, was a bit too light The concept was clever 75 year old Julian, a lonely aging artist, writes about his loneliness in a notebook titled The Authenticity Project which he then leaves in Monica s cafe Monica then writes about her desperation for a family, and then passes the notebook on to another stranger Slowly, all these strangers become connected, and the reader realizes that authenticity iscomplicated than it seems It all had the feel of a Sophie Kinsella novel, with imperfect characters on a road to understanding their truer selves I actually like the occasional dose of Sophie Kinsella, and I liked parts of The Authenticity Project, but overall it was just a bit too predictable and the characters were a bit to stereotypical for my tastes Thanks to Netgalley and Edelweiss for giving me access to advance copies Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That s how the light gets in LEONARD COHENPut down your phones, quit sitting in front of your computer screens, get out of your house, and enjoy the faces and company around youThe Authenticity Project has a very YOLOyou only live oncevibe It s a very sweet, cutesy, if somewhat implausible, story told from multiple perspectives Julian, the man who started it all, is, to me, theRing the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That s how the light gets in LEONARD COHENPut down your phones, quit sitting in front of your computer screens, get out of your house, and enjoy the faces and company around youThe Authenticity Project has a very YOLOyou only live oncevibe It s a very sweet, cutesy, if somewhat implausible, story told from multiple perspectives Julian, the man who started it all, is, to me, the star of this novel His thoughts, words, and actions had me chuckling throughout Such a delightful, quirky character And Keith, his muse, is even better All the characters were lovable, yet, somehow annoyingthen again, that seems to be the case with people in real life too Nobody is perfect and at it s core, I think that s the theme of TAPbeing true to yourself always At times, parts of the story felt mildly clich dthings like a woman sticking a fork in a guy s hand, a guy running down a purse snatcher, and an addict leaving notes to himself, regarding the name of the girl he s sleeping with, so he ll remember the next morning Though the story starts slowly, it definitely picks up, even offering an unexpected and solid twist ending Overall, this is well worth a read, particularly on a cozy, rainy day 3.5 stars I chose this book as the June Book of the Month option for my club. 3.5 rounded up A green notebook, entitled The Authenticity Project is left at Monica s cafe for someone to find..Inside, a few paragraphs, written by Julian Jessore, age 79, an artist Everyone lies about their lives What would happen if you shared the truth instead The one thing that defines you, makes everything else about you fall into place Not, on the internet, but with those real people around you Perhaps nothing Or, maybe telling that story would change your life, or the life of 3.5 rounded up A green notebook, entitled The Authenticity Project is left at Monica s cafe for someone to find..Inside, a few paragraphs, written by Julian Jessore, age 79, an artist Everyone lies about their lives What would happen if you shared the truth instead The one thing that defines you, makes everything else about you fall into place Not, on the internet, but with those real people around you Perhaps nothing Or, maybe telling that story would change your life, or the life of someone you ve not yet met That s what I want to find out I AM LONELY This entry does end up changing Julian s life, and the lives of all who find the book, as they share their true selves on it s pages It s an uplifting, charming story perfect for readers who enjoy cozy books about small town neighborhoods and the residents who reside in them, and perhaps also for readers who enjoy PostSecret My favorite parts were reading the personal entries, penned in the notebook, and shared without worry about who might read their words when the book is next found Each of their words, trigger an action by the next person who reads them, eventually connecting all of the characters to one another.This was a personal story, for author Claire Pooley, so she had a few of the characters in the book, Alice, Hazard, and Julian see the acknowledgements page face the challenges that she faced, and come out ahead Wow.Wow I m speechless This book is a beautiful reminder that you have only one life, and to live it plainly That whatever happens, you need to choose yourself first Don t live a lie, and don t lie to yourself either If you re lonely, get out of your comfort zone, and go meet new people If you re sad, find the reason why and try to change the situation to be happy Try not to judge so quickly everyone nothing is what is seems You are not perfect why does anyone have to be This book wil Wow.Wow I m speechless This book is a beautiful reminder that you have only one life, and to live it plainly That whatever happens, you need to choose yourself first Don t live a lie, and don t lie to yourself either If you re lonely, get out of your comfort zone, and go meet new people If you re sad, find the reason why and try to change the situation to be happy Try not to judge so quickly everyone nothing is what is seems You are not perfect why does anyone have to be This book will create waves, I m so sure of it It wouldn t surprise me that it would be made into a movie, too.It s amazing Read it.Many thanks to the Penguin Random House Canada for the complimentary e copy of this book through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own What a quaint story, but beware things are a not always as they seem I liked the interesting plot twist with Julian He got his comeuppance for his philandering and selfish ways, but also a second chance at life redemption is probably a better word for this part of the story line.The narrative meandered a bit, and I wondered whether the author was playing at misdirection, like a magician, but I could also foresee the potential ending of this story right in the first few chapters, so I suppos What a quaint story, but beware things are a not always as they seem I liked the interesting plot twist with Julian He got his comeuppance for his philandering and selfish ways, but also a second chance at life redemption is probably a better word for this part of the story line.The narrative meandered a bit, and I wondered whether the author was playing at misdirection, like a magician, but I could also foresee the potential ending of this story right in the first few chapters, so I suppose a bit of misdirection was necessary in order to keep things interesting I loved how new characters kept being added to the mix, and how their contribution to The Authenticity Project enriched this story Just a really great read I received an ARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 4 Green Notebook StarsThis one has a quirky set of characters that somehow come together for new friendship, love, and happiness in London One of the main characters is Monica She s finally gone out on her own to open Monica s Caf , but she s struggling to keep the doors open and the money flowing One day a mysterious green notebook is left behind in her caf and the journey begins The notebook contains a story an authentic story of one person who admits he s very lonely Julian, an arti 4 Green Notebook StarsThis one has a quirky set of characters that somehow come together for new friendship, love, and happiness in London One of the main characters is Monica She s finally gone out on her own to open Monica s Caf , but she s struggling to keep the doors open and the money flowing One day a mysterious green notebook is left behind in her caf and the journey begins The notebook contains a story an authentic story of one person who admits he s very lonely Julian, an artist who used to be quite famous Julian challenges the person who has found the notebook to add their story Of course, Monica can t resist adding her story and she wants to help Julian be less lonely The notebook journey continues, drawingpeople into the circle Along the way, there is social media, some hurt feelings and sadness, and ultimately contentment for most of the characters.This one makes us think about how well do we really know people Would knowing the truth help form stronger relationships This book was a great departure from my usual thriller world and I enjoyed spending a bit of time with this odd cast of characters I loved how realistic and raw this story is Each character has their own imperfections and they are each relatable in their own way, no matter the age difference Not only does this story show the reality of humanity, it shows the ripple effect that each person can have on each other Actions can have a larger impact than what anyone may expect With that ripple effect, I loved how this novel interwove and connected each character and their story to each other It was a meaningful story of huma I loved how realistic and raw this story is Each character has their own imperfections and they are each relatable in their own way, no matter the age difference Not only does this story show the reality of humanity, it shows the ripple effect that each person can have on each other Actions can have a larger impact than what anyone may expect With that ripple effect, I loved how this novel interwove and connected each character and their story to each other It was a meaningful story of humanity and the connections that we can create The ending was impactful and equally beautiful for the story that was told Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review 3.5 starsThis was a breath of fresh air A unique premise and some characters that you couldn t help but root for The only real criticism I have is I thought the second half wasn t quite as good as the first half of the book In my opinion there were a core group of characters and there were a few that didn t seem completely necessary However, the story bounces back and does have some interesting things happen in the end.So The Authenticity Project, what is it Well, Julian is an elderly man w 3.5 starsThis was a breath of fresh air A unique premise and some characters that you couldn t help but root for The only real criticism I have is I thought the second half wasn t quite as good as the first half of the book In my opinion there were a core group of characters and there were a few that didn t seem completely necessary However, the story bounces back and does have some interesting things happen in the end.So The Authenticity Project, what is it Well, Julian is an elderly man who has kept to himself for a very long time He thinks people aren t honest with one another so he decides to write the truth about himself in a green notebook and he leaves it in a local cafe for someone to find The owner of the cafe, Monica, comes across the notebook and decides to write about some of the things she is most vulnerable about in her life and then she leaves the notebook in a bar so another person can have their chance to spill their guts And eventually some of the people who have written in the notebook get a chance to meet, and you ll just have to read the book to find out what happens next.The plot might seem a bit far fetched but it does work for the most part in the story You just kinda have to go with the idea that some people aren t concerned about their privacy and make it fairly easy for the next reader of the notebook to figure out their identity And sometimes in life it is good to take chances because it can lead you in apositive direction I think most of us at the core are decent human beings who enjoy helping others and I loved seeing that play out in this book with all of these strangers coming together and looking out for one another The story alternates between the different characters who write in the notebook I liked the first 4 core characters but the other characters introduced afterwards didn t do much for me Everything ties in together eventually but the story becomes a bit muddled in the second half A sense of community is certainly part of the story but when you have too many side plots due to too many characters, it s usually best to scale back a bit Overall, I did enjoy this one and recommend it to anyone looking to read something that has heart and also restores your faith in humanity just a tad.I won a free copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review All views expressed are my honest opinion ^DOWNLOAD KINDLE ☆ The Authenticity Project ↾ A story about a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love think Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine meets Love, Actually 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 Caf 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