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Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography Hardcover – Unabridged, October 14, 2014
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“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
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 0385346999
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385346993
- Product Dimensions : 6.38 x 1.03 x 9.38 inches
- Publisher : Crown Archetype (October 14, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #648,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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 You open the book! It smells like new book smell. But it's a choose-your-own-adventure?! Whaaaaaat? If you read the book as intended, making choices and skipping around as you go, experiencing life at its fullest AS NEIL, continue to paragraph . If you decide to read straight through, skip to paragraph .
 You've read the book! You experienced life as Neil! You got a plum gig as a kid star with good luck and hard work, discovered you liked boys and married the cutest one of all, had a couple of even cuter kids, did some magic tricks, drank some carefully crafted cocktails, and hosted the Tonys lots of times. You even got in a couple of jabs at some d-bags. If you had the time of your life (and who wouldn't, you're NEIL!), skip to paragraph . If you hated the book (and therefore obviously hate FUN), skip to paragraph .
 FOR ALL THAT IS HOLY WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? Nah, actually it's okay. I mean, you miss out on some of the fun, but as long as you have your short term memory in tact and the ability to maintain logical consistency in your head, you get through the book just fine. If despite having no respect for the rules you had an awesome time reading about Neil, skip to paragraph . If this totally ruined the book for you, continue to paragraph .
 This book is the WORST. You go to click the first star (Because why won't this thing let you give it NO STARS? GEEZ.), but just as you do, some unknown, potentially mystical force bumps your shoulder and your hand slips on the mouse. FIVE STARS. [The end!]
 This book is SERIOUSLY AMAZING. It was so fun, and everyone should be Neil Patrick Harris. You kind of wish you could keep being him, actually. FIVE STARS! If, after spending this quality time with Neil you want to read about another well-adjusted gay man with an awesome life, go get a copy of Anything Goes: My Autobiography by John Barrowman. If instead you want to spend MORE quality time with Neil, fire up Hulu and watch all 97 episode of Doogie Howser in a row. [The end!]
Then, my local library did this neat thing where after filling out a long questionnaire, one of the librarians would give me a list of book recommendations. This was one of the several books on that list so I decided to finally pick up a copy!
Neil Patrick Harris is an amazing man—I remember watching Doogie Howser, M.D. when I was a kid; I've seen all of How I Met Your Mother and all three Harold & Kumar films; I've seen each of Tony Awards that he's hosted; I follow him on Twitter so I know about David and Gideon and Harper; but I knew there had to be a lot behind NPH that this book would show me.
To read what I liked about this book, go to paragraph A.
To read what I didn't like, go to paragraph C.
To read about some frustrating parts, go to paragraph B.
A) The book is clever in its concept. Who hasn't read a bunch of those Choose Your Own Adventure stories in their childhood? When using this concept with an autobiography, you get to choose what part of the life you want to go to. I did my best to avoid the ending for a while (while at the same time sometimes going down dead ends to get some of the quick "bad" endings out of the way) but I used a pencil to mark off pages I read (I'm a bit OCD so I wanted to make sure I read everything). In classic CYOA mode, I often kept my finger in the book so I could flip back if I chose a bad path.
B) Because my OCD tendencies had me mark off each page as I read them, when I got near the end, I was able to go back and check which paths I didn't follow (to make sure I read everything). Unfortunately, I found five "chapters" that I couldn't get to. Two of these chapters were meant to be "hidden" (e.g. they mentioned how no other page led to this one). Two of them I think were impossible to get to because of typos. The final chapter was an option in one of the two typo chapters (I think the first option on page 23 should reference page 38, not page 39 and the third option on page 110 should reference page 191, not page 194). One other minor frustration was the Cryptic Crossword on page 150. There were several chapters that gave you a chance to flex your mind, but I've never been that good with Cryptic Crosswords. I'm surprised there weren't any instructions (since Cryptic Crosswords are more well known in the UK and aren't too popular in the US) but luckily I've seen them before. While reading the book, I was only able to get about three of the answers. After finishing the book, I had to spend about an hour really attacking the clues to complete the list. But then, when I tried placing the answers into the crossword grid, I found that there was one too few spaces! Technically two of the 4-letter answers could fit in the same part of the grid (neither having any impact on the final answer) but still—weird to create a puzzle without one unique solution.
C) There were some parts of the story I felt were rushed through just because none of the chapters could really be more than a half dozen or so pages. I would have liked more than a short chapter about the Magic Castle (maybe because I'm lucky enough to have gotten inside it, I would have loved to hear more about what he does as President). Also, I think it would have been better as a traditional chronological biography. As I read the book jumping back and forth it was hard to get too invested in his life. NPH is a decent writer (although several chapters were ghost- or obviously-written by friends) but the gimmick was sort of played out after a few chapters.
I'm glad I read it, and I won't hold it against my librarian (after all I did want to read it so it wasn't a bad suggestion, just a slightly disappointing one).
Top reviews from other countries
I love Neil Patrick Harris so i was always going to be biased about his book but I can honestly say it was so much better than I ever expected. They way it’s written is so innovative and creative and leaves you wanting more. I have gone back and re-read this book about 4 times and it’s been different every time as you choose the path to book takes each time