Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

51X8E6a4HJL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Choose Your Own Autobiography
by Neil Patrick Harris

This book is an amusing memoir for two main reasons: one, the subject matter; two, the style in which it was told. If you are a child of the 80’s, I’m guessing you will remember the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books where you flipped pages at the end of each chapter based on what you wanted the characters to do. You know – “If you take the path to your left, turn to page 54. If you go up the stairs, turn to page 16.” I don’t know about you, but I LOVED those books. So, my childhood reading history made this memoir all that much more enjoyable.

As to the other reason I enjoyed this book, it was fun reading about NPH’s life. You hear the words “child star” and inevitably bad connotations spring to mind. In this case, though, it was quite different than expectations, and I was happy to hear that sometimes it works out well for all involved, too. I also appreciated reading about (well, a little about) how he became the star we know and love today, even if some of the story was blatant fiction. (It’s a true “Choose Your Own Adventure” book, complete with death scenes where salvation is just out of reach. Ah, how I remember those scenes.)

You don’t have to be a fan of Neil Patrick Harris to enjoy this book, though it most certainly helps. I think that anyone who wanted a fun glimpse into the life of a TV and Broadway star would get something out of this, as would anyone who is looking into unconventional ways to write a memoir. Since I am a fan of NPH, however, as well as someone who always enjoys at least hearing about unconventional writing ideas, I loved this book.

Rating: 5 stars


~ by Nicole on June 26, 2017.

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