**Thank you Penguin Random House Canada for my gifted copy **
Genre: Women’s Fiction
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
If you like:
✔ Multiple POV’s
✔ Newfound friendships, enemies to lovers
✔ Stories of personal growth
✔ Flawed characters
Yay! I did it! I finished the last book on my list for February! 🥳
This was a cute and charming read. The kind of book you can enjoy at a coffee shop. At one point, I actually felt like going to Monica’s Cafe, but had to remind myself that it was a fictitious place! Bummer!
I do have to be honest though..about a quarter way through the book was a bit slow and I started skimming a large chunk of it. However, the last 30-40% definitely pulled through for me and I loved the ending! Fair warning, it was a bit sad, but completely satisfying. You’d have to read it to know what I mean! 😜
I swear I kept picturing Kate Beckinsale for some reason. I couldn’t help but want a happy ending for her. I also kept hoping she’d end up with Hazard.
Sure he was arrogant and an ass, but somehow I was still rootin for this guy to turn his life around.
Ahh..the ever eccentric Julian. I loved this old man! I feel like he’d be such a hoot to have at the dinner table.
The Aussie with a beautiful soul! He WAS such a sweet boy ❤ Good man this one was.
I think we could all relate to her on some level, whether you’re a mom or obsessing over your Instagram account.
The nosy neighbour who wasn’t afraid to admit it either! I think we all have one of those! 😜
Overall, I enjoyed the concept of this story. I loved the six degrees of separation and idea of these characters being brought together by a journal called: The Authenticity Project.
Have you read it? Plan to read it?
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.
The Authenticity Project’s cast of characters–including Hazard, the charming addict who makes a vow to get sober; Alice, the fabulous mommy Instagrammer whose real life is a lot less perfect than it looks online; and their other new friends–is by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life. It’s a story about being brave and putting your real self forward–and finding out that it’s not as scary as it seems. In fact, it looks a lot like happiness.