The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley


The concept of this book was neat and unique. The Authenticity Project plays with the idea of revealing your true, authentic self to the world. It seemed liberating at first to watch the characters tell their dark truths.  I was inspired as they overcame their fears with the support of strangers and by the willingness of every person to help. However, I slowly realized that our truths are our own perception of our lives and our perception may be different from fact. If that’s the case, then is there still value in sharing your perception? I juggled with these deep ideas throughout the story and wondered what the response would be like to a real-life project like this and what the author’s inspiration was for the story. Does she feel like she must withhold aspects of herself from the world? It would cool to have a conversation with her about this.

I would’ve enjoyed this book more with some type of catalyst to the plot line. There was nothing to lose and the story was kind of linear. New characters with new truths appeared over and over again with no increase in tension.

If you’ve read this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks to Viking for the ARC for my honest review.