When I was in high school, I discovered a magazine called Found. Found magazine published lost things that people had found and submitted. I loved going through the nonsensical notes, to-do lists, and letters that never made it to their sender.
I think that’s why I like the concept of The Authenticity Project so much. It’s a bit like finding someone’s diary- thrilling and a little bit forbidden.
I found this book to be utterly charming. I loved the characters, even when they were being despicable. I like how the author interweaved the stories of the cast of characters who found Julian’s notebook. Hazard, an alcoholic whose a bit of a bastard; Alice, an Instagram influencer and Riley, a loveable Aussie with a green thumb. If you’re looking for a feel-good, satisfying read to get you through these crazy covid times, I highly recommend this book.
The Authenticity Project
Julian Jessop, an eccentric, lonely artist and septuagenarian believes that most people aren’t really honest with each 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.