The Authenticity Project: The feel-good novel you need right now

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The Authenticity Project: The feel-good novel you need right now

The Authenticity Project: The feel-good novel you need right now

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There was also a lot of telling rather than showing and, more annoying, showing followed immediately by telling, as though Pooley didn't quite trust her readers to understand her novel's fairly simple plot. Slowly, all these strangers become connected, and the reader realizes that authenticity is more complicated than it seems. Through their actions and encounters, we see the effect facing their truths has on their own lives as well as others'. Eventually, the tone darkens and the story narrows to focus on Jude as the pain of his past cuts deep into his carefully constructed life. At the same time, it forms a community of sorts, kindred spirits in need of some kind of support or comfort.

It reminded me of that warm uplifting movies that we like to watch from time to time, because we know that each storyline will have a happy ending and that is exactly why one should read this book. In 1974, a troubled Vietnam vet inherits a house from a fallen comrade and moves his family to Alaska. It came close with Alice, who realises her brand “was all about authenticity”, but knows her posts paint sunny lie after sunny lie.So the reader gets chapters from several different people and the interactions that form between these people. In addition to telling her secrets and leaving the notebook for someone else to find, she sets out to try and make a difference in Julian’s life. 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. The idea behind people writing down their inner most thoughts and passing it on was such a thought provoking idea.

There, sitting (somewhat sacrilegiously) on an engraved marble tombstone, was Julian, glass in hand. Each of their words, trigger an action by the next person who reads them, eventually connecting all of the characters to one another. She’s finally gone out on her own to open Monica’s Café, but she’s struggling to keep the doors open and the money flowing.

She is also touched by Julian story and decides she’s going to bring a little joy and purpose into his life. I guess this is chick-lit, so I looked at the only other such book I reviewed, nearly 14 years ago, Kinsella’s Can You Keep a Secret?

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