A Review | The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

 The Authenticity Project


What is it about?

This is a story of the lives of strangers and the simple green notebook that brought them all together.

Julian Jessop, an eccentric, lonely artist believes that most people aren't really honest with each other.

Monica, an ex-lawyer turned small business owner desperately trying to keep every aspect of her life perfectly orderly.

Hazard, is the charming addict who finally decides to make the vow to get sober.

Alice, is the fabulous mummy instagrammer with the seemingly perfect husband, house and baby.

Then there is the green notebook that is filled with their deepest selves and truths. Before long they find themselves meeting in real life at Monica’s café. What follows is a beautiful story of friendship, heartache, lies and love.


What’s the Verdict?

Firstly, this is a great book club choice. It is fast paced and beautifully written.

The world Pooley creates in Fulham is somewhat idealistic and not entirely realistic. Even with the jobs or professions that some of the characters have you cannot help but wonder how on earth any of these characters have the homes in Fulham that they have.

That aside, The Authenticity Project is a heart-warming story and an addictive read. You will find yourself completely invested in the characters. The story flowed beautifully and the switch between each character narration was so well done. A joyous and funny book that will leave you with a smile on your face.

Favourite Quotes

“Mother is a verb, not a noun.”

“It’s not happy people who are grateful, it’s grateful people who are happy.”

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