“The truth often isn’t pretty. It’s not aspirational. It doesn’t fit neatly into a little square on Instagram.”
The Authenticity Project is light-hearted, almost romantic comedy style book with a more in-depth view inside ourselves and how we perceive ourselves to the people around us.
The story starts with Julian, the lonely and eccentric artist. Aged 79, he begins to write truths about his life in a green notebook titled The Authenticity Project. He believes that it would be nice if people were more honest with each other. So he asks questions and invites whoever finds this notebook, to add their truth and a real-life story and pass it on. Very soon this little book starts bringing people around him together.
It was a fairly heartwarming and cute read. Despite relatively predictable characters and ending, the story raises a bunch of quite deep questions about masks we are wearing for people around us. It even touches the theme of addiction and loneliness.
On our discussion, we talked about interactions between different characters and reasons why the author gave a flaw to every single of them. We believe that each character was meant to symbolize a different kind of “fakeness” in them. Starting from washed-up ex-banker to tired social media influencer. This has spurred the conversation on how we show ourselves to the people around us.
This book is quite lovely and cosy read while waiting for Christmas.🎄
4 out ot 5 stars from both of us.
📖 Review by 👩🏻🦰 & 🧔