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Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography Hardcover – Unabridged, October 14, 2014
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“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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Neil writes in a friendly manner, as though he's telling you his story over lunch. I was annoyed by the "pick your own adventure" gimmick, but then I just started reading... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Sam Warren
again xmas gift 2015. not sure how giftee liked so cant really be honestPublished 22 days ago by red headed deb
I used to love choose your own adventure books when I was younger so when I saw this book, I knew I had to check it out! I wasn't disappointed- this book was so much fun!! Read morePublished 25 days ago by E.Robyn
I have always loved NPH. Thus book is a twist in the autobiography genre and I really liked it. Cute fast readPublished 1 month ago by Mary Miller
This is a really fun, original way to present an autobiography. In his charmed life NPH (what his friends call him, or MPH (what auto correct wants to call him) he realizes how... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary Orrell
I was disappointed. Harris is incredibly talented and funny. I enjoy watching him and I admire how he and his family keep their personal lives out of the chaos of Hollywood. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maggi Maggi
I love the choose your own adventure series of books--and it may have worked in the print version of this book (which I have not seen) but the audio version was confusing and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by W. Terry Whalin