Pooley’s The Authenticity Project begins with Julian Jessop, an eclectic retired artist, suffering from loneliness. Under the belief that people are not inclined to be genuine, he decides to write his story in a little green book, and leaves it in his local cafe. The green book then travels through the hands of six strangers, uniting them through honest stories.
The best piece of this book is its humanity. Though at times it is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, each of the six strangers and their stories feel real. Pooley presents believable fiction that showcases humanity through this character driven novel. It further leads the reader to reevaluate who they are, and how they present themselves to others. If they are truly authentic.
The Authenticity Project pulled me out of a major reading slump. At times novels can feel distant, so unlike the world that we live in and the lives that we lead. It was incredibly refreshing to read a story that was recognizable and accessible. It was a novel that forced me to just sit for a second after turning the last page, to take in the events and feel.
The Authenticity Project is a perfect read for anyone who could use a reminder of authenticity, humanity and the best of people. Five stars may not be enough praise.