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“As a result, Harris’s Autobiography ends up being clever, heartfelt, smutty, hilarious, cheesier than a 10-ton block of gouda and maybe even a sort of profound meta-statement on the uselessness of any attempt at writing memoir at all.”—Paste
 
“A legen — wait for it — dary work of infotainment.”—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
 
“Very funny and very honest”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“A fun little labyrinth of a journey… even with all its tricks and jokes, there is actual substance to be found here.…one of the most flat-out entertaining reads of 2014.”—Popmatters.com
 
“Neil Patrick Harris’ Choose Your Own Autobiography is one of the best celeb memoirs I’ve ever read.”—The Phoenix News
 
“The interesting thing about Harris’s autobiography, especially when compared to other celebrities who release memoirs at a time when their careers are still successful, is that he is actually quite candid about his past—sex, partying, or otherwise.”—TheDailyBeast.com

“[Choose Your Own Autobiography] is silly, irreverent, and tells you a lot about Harris’ highly creative mind” –Nerdist.com

About the Author

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385346999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385346993
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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75 of 82 people found the following review helpful By outwest TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 14, 2014
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Only Neil Patrick Harris could pull off an autobiography using a choose-your-own adventure style!

Given the wild history about NPH's rise into the industry, starting with his role as Doogie Howser all the way to his recent smash success on Broadway, this dashing autobiography hits all the characteristics we know and love of his style: irreverent, sharp, witty, and funny as heck.

The whole book is written in the second person, just like the classic choose-your-own adventure books, and is a truly unique way to get night into the many choices NPH faced, but of course, sprinkled with his humor throughout. The books even throws in random recipes, magic tricks, songs, you know, everything that you might expect in a classic NPH production.

This irreverent book is a must for any NPH fans, as well as anyone who likes an interesting, unique, and humorous autobiography of one of the great living humorists of our times.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By rockfamily on October 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
First, I am writing this under my husband's amazon account, so pardon the over the top girl-ish giddiness. As many other fans, I have always adored Neil Patrick Harris - first in Doogie, then as Barney Stinson in HIMYM, then as Dr. Horrible which led to me discovering Neil can SING and DANCE which quickly had me devourning alll musical productiona ala Neil - Rent, Sweeney Todd, Company, the endless parade of awards show hosting followed with his amazing performances in Hedwig and finally to this little gem of a read.

As a certified bookwork myself, as soon as I heard NPH wrote an auto-biography, I downloaded the Kindle version immedietely and will probably end up buying the hard cover version as well. Why you ask?? Because it is just THAT good. Imagine what sitting down with Neil Patrick Harris for a long cup of coffee might be like and you begin to understand this book is severely underpriced.

You really do feel as if you are right there with your hero having to navigate through all the many choices he faces and deal with the incredible burden of growing up in the public eye but somehow still managing to stay down to Earth through all the fame, popularity, and pressure. You feel an insane amount of pride and joy as each page reveals to you what you already knew anyway, Neil Patrick Harris is a really nice person who constantly strives to be the ideal celebrity role -model we all believe him to be.

Harris gets personal and opens up in a multitude of ways but nothing is ever dreary or boring. Far from it. He injects his usual humor into every passage (especially at himself) so you are literally laughing and smiling non-stop.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Kristen E. Anderson on October 16, 2014
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The 'Choose Your Own Adventure' gimmick is fun, but as with the original series, it also wears on you after a bit if you're trying not to miss anything. You CAN just read straight though, because it's vaguely in order, but that's a little irritating at times too. And, sadly, there are relatively few anecdotes from his Doogie Howser or How I Met Your Mother days. Those parts of his life are essentially recapped in 8-10 pages each. While not a bad read, it only gives you a vague sense of what it was actually like for him.

However, it's a very good general portrait of the man himself. If it's the personal stuff you're interested in - his family, his forced coming out, various anecdotes about befriending and hanging out with other celebs - there he delivers, being open about his (not exactly rockstar-esque) experiences with sex and drugs, without ever being particularly salacious. The chapter on what it's like to hang out with Elton John is a delightful read, as are the sections about his now-husband David and their children.
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This is a great wealth of information on the life of Neil Patrick Harris that is also a very fun read. I liked the Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid myself so loved the fact this was laid out like one. You could just read it cover to cover if you chose to and once you've followed quite a few paths and you're pretty sure you've lived all of Neil's lives. you'll start doing so again anyway just to make sure you haven't missed anything. There is even a bonus page in there that isn't linked to other pages, where if you ever run into Neil in the street and are carrying this book, there is a spot for him to scrawl a congratulatory signature.

The reading experience of this is interesting. There are fictional parts of his life where if you choose incorrectly (although it's usually pretty obvious with some options), you as Neil will die, such as drowning in quicksand, being eaten by piranhas, a betrayal with a bowling ball and other fun ways including my favourite being murdered by a super villain you unwittingly created at a child's birthday party when you did your first magic gig! At one point in the book you enter the fictionalised version of Neil Patrick Harris world, where you meet what you assume to be two gay guys named Harold and Kumar after you get kicked out of a limo for doing stuff with someone else's girlfriend. That's the sort of thing that makes this so much fun to read, you never know where Neil's mind will take you. Getting angrily awakened as a sandwich hand from dreaming you did all the awesome stuff of Neil's real life by customers in a huge line at Subway is another.

You do learn actual stuff about Neil as well such as why Patrick is used instead of just a first and last name.
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