Thursday, 5 March 2015

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography - Book Review


Started: Feb 27, 2015 | Finished: March 4, 2015

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
Published by Crown Archetype on Oct 14, 2014
Genre: Autobiography
Pages: 304
Book Edition: Hardcover, Audiobook
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis:
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!
Rating: 5/5

My thoughts: 

First thing you should know is I love Neil Patrick Harris and have loved/been a fan of his for almost 9 years. So putting this book on my Christmas list was a no-brainer.

I immediately loved the style that Neil wrote this book in. It was so different, and so NPH, that it was already getting a 5 star rating from me! If there was a higher rating of stars, he would get that. Now I'm not one for Audiobooks. I've never bought one before because I just could never enjoy books in the past when they were read to me. But about 50 pages in, I decided to give this one a try, mainly because it was narrated by Neil Patrick Harris himself. I bought it and read along with Neil Patrick Harris' voice in my ears. It was the best reading experience ever! I highly recommend if you have the money to blow away to do this! It's NPH, okay!! He's worth it!

The first time I saw Neil Patrick Harris was actually on Big Brother. I didn't watch Harold and Kumar until after I got into HIMYM. But I was and still kinda am a HUGE Big Brother fan, and he appeared on All-Stars Season 7 in the summer of 2006. After that I looked into HIMYM because he was on the show and my, at the time, favourite player of Big Brother, Dr. Will loved Neil and this show. (Dr. Will is still one of my top favs, but not my all-time fav). I bought Season 1 of HIMYM not long after that, and by the end of watching that season, I was in love with Neil Patrick Harris. He instantly became one of my favourite human beings ever, and in my eyes, he can do no wrong!

I loved hearing Neil's story. He completely takes you on his journey of his love for theatre and magic. His career in TV and movies. His journey of self-discovery of being a gay man. And his journey to finding the love of his life, David Burtka, and their journey of surrogacy and becoming parents to Gideon and Harper. From start to finish, this book made me love and appreciate how truly awesome, and legendary, Neil Patrick Harris is!

A highlight from the book & audiobook:  The chapter where Neil reads about David. In the book, it has sidenotes all over it of David's thoughts on what Neil wrote, and in the audiobook, you get to hear the two of them reading it together with Neil reading what he wrote and David inserting his sidenotes while Neil is talking. It's amazing! I just love them as one loves a celebrity couple. This was a nice touch to the reading experience.

If you are a NPH fan, I urge you to read his journey! It will do something you thought wasn't possible, you will love him even more than you already did.

Thanks for reading!!


Michelle

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