Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

Whether you know him as Doogie Howser, Barney Stinson, or Dr. Horrible, everyone knows Neil Patrick Harris. He’s unavoidable. He’s LARGER THAN LIFE in every role he plays.

I really first got to know NPH on HIMYM, and the Barney Stinson character is just soooo, well……BARNEY STINSON….that it’s hard to separate him from NPH. But, the more I watched the show, the more I learned about the man behind the bro, and found out just how different the two actually were.

I’ll admit, I was pretty hesitant to read Choose Your Own Autobiography, for only one reason–the choose your own adventure part. See, I absolutely disagree with NPH on how great these types of books are. I can’t read them. I am a “Read every book front to back, every single page” kind of girl. Every insert, photo, blurb–it all gets read, in order. There is no page flipping, multi-storyline, go back and finish later. No way.

Sorry, Neil Patrick Harris. I broke the rules. I read your confusing-ass-book in order, every single page. Even the ones I wasn’t supposed to find.

Because of his choose-your-own theme, he scattered a few made up stories throughout the book–ones that, had I followed his actual maze, would have led me to a dead-end and turned me around. I really should just follow the rules. Instead, I just found them weird and uncomfortable. But, for the most part, it was pretty clear when they were not truthful–not always though.

The rest of the book, however, was written mostly in chronological order, so I was able to follow along as if it were a normal memoir. A normal memoir written in second person narrative…but a normal memoir none-the-less. This is a book written as only Neil Patrick Harris could write, really. I stopped frequently to look up a performance or scene he mentioned, such as his 2013 opening Tony number “Bigger.” WOW. Can you say Standing O?

And, while quite a lot of the book is the Bigger NPH that we all see publicly, there is quite a lot of the softer, more personal Neil that we don’t get to see as often. There’s notes from his friends, the story of how he met David and their family came to be. He talks about his parents and the long discovery of his sexuality. I wouldn’t say it’s a tell all–but it’s a very, um, interesting book detailing the life of one of the most lovable faces in celebrity today.

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Blogging for Books provided this book for an unbiased review.

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