We all have a hidden truth, and what would happen if we had the courage to tell it? This is the question that turns the plot of The little notebook of the unsaid, a book that begins with an unpretentious story and proves to be profound.
It all starts when Monica, owner of a cafe, finds a notebook handwritten by Julian, an elderly man who finds himself alone in the world. That's why he created this project, which he named Authenticity Project, where he writes the truth that he would never have the courage to tell anyone and urges others to do the same.
His plan was just to leave the notebook there and wait for people to use his idea as a vent. But when Monica comes across the story of Julian, who reveals himself to be a famous retired artist and who, even after 15 years, feels alone in the world with the death of his wife, she feels the need to help him. And so, he also ends up writing his truth in the notebook, which ends up in the hands of another person who feels the same need and that's how events unfold.
In a very captivating and light way, Clare Pooley takes the reader on a criss-cross plot in the lives of six people from London who would possibly never form any kind of bond without this notebook. It is a very light narrative and with predictable romances, but with a very beautiful message, showing that, even if you know the worst about a person, it is still possible to see their good side and help in their inner journey.
For this, the author used some cases that were a little more serious, such as addictions, and some very realistic ones, such as the need to hide her discontent in life on social media. Deepening into psychological disorders and the need for ordeal, the work becomes a moment of cuteness with important subjects.
The little notebook of the unsaid is an unpretentious and relaxing read, perfect for when we need something that shows that there is still goodness in the world and to get away from the bad news we see daily.