Wow, do I die A LOT while living as NPH. A fun twist on the typical autobiography.
5 out of 5 stars
Choose Your Own Autobiography was incredibly well written by NPH — there are twists and turns and it is a fun and unique way to navigate the turns that were Neil Patrick Harris’s childhood, stardom as Doogie, life, marriage, and other events. You can skip some/any of these and follow the story literally like a choose your own adventure book. And if you take certain steps in “your” (aka his) life — you can end up dying tragically. Which I did on numerous occasions… seriously, I died a lot in this book.
The actual guts of this book are great, especially if you are a fan of NPH from his days as Doogie Howser, M.D. or of his Bro days on HIMYM this is for you. Also, if you knew he was a big theater/musical nerd — and actually loves magic, there are some great stories in here.
The book also features fun, short letters written to NPH from different friends and co-workers throughout his life. These add a fun twist of funny, or sappy to the already interesting story that is NPH’s life and career.
I definitely recommend this one, just as something different on the crowded celebrity memoir/autobiography shelf.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Seeking an exciting read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this entertaining and innovative memoir, Neil Patrick Harris shares intimate and hilarious stories about everything from his early days in LA, life on the How I Met Your Mother set, secrets from backstage at award shows, and family life with David, Harper, and Gideon. In a fresh spin on the typical celebrity narrative, he lets you, the reader, choose which path you want him to follow. All this plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from his time as a child actor, and even a closing song!
Neil Patrick Harris is a Tony and Emmy award-winning stage and screen performer, famous for his roles as Barney Stinson in the popular CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother and as the iconic and beloved Doogie Howser, M.D. He’s been in many movies, hosted both the Tony and the Emmy Awards multiple times, performed in several Broadway shows, and enjoys the Twitter (follow him at @actuallyNPH). Oh, and he is an accomplished amateur magician on the side. And the father of twins. And he’s Dr. Horrible.