Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened?
Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life, you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.
Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a hideous death by piranhas. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, but make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!
Choose Your Own Autobiography might just be my all-time favorite Nonfiction book. I’ve been a fan of Neil Patrick Harris (NPH) since I watched my first episode of Doogie Howser, MD. as a kid too young to actually catch the jokes. I admit I even had a crush on him (OK, maybe I still do). My all-time favorite television series is How I Met Your Mother, so over the years I have grown to truly admire NPH as an actor and a person.
In NPH’s autobiography, he incorporates the delightful method of the Choose Your Own style. Again, another reminder of my childhood! In Choose Your Own Autobiography, the reader is given the chance to live NPH’s life first hand, from childbirth to now. Thrown in are some fictional twists that always send you back to reality. We’re given insight to the hardships and pleasantries of one of the most iconic actor’s life.
I loved Choose Your Own, loved, Loved, LOVED it. I was smiling from the moment I was told I was covered in afterbirth. 5 stars all around from me!
*I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.