Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

Choose your Own Autobiography

Book - 2014
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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 to 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, and make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography !
Publisher: New York :, Crown Archetype,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780385346993
0385346999
Characteristics: ix, 294 pages : illustrations (some colour)
ix, 294 pages : illustrations (some colour)
Additional Contributors: Javerbaum, David
Alternative Title: Choose your own autobiography

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PinesandPrejudice Jul 06, 2017

I really enjoyed the stories. NPH is a natural storyteller and it was fantastic to hear about how he came to be where he is today. I also loved all of the added things on the audiobook version. However, the format was the biggest issue for me. The second person narrative--known in the Choose Your Own Adventure books--was very impersonal for an autobiography. I didn't think it worked well and it made NPH seem distant from the personal stories, which made it hard to connect to. Additionally, the audiobook forces you to listen to every part of it, so all of the "untimely deaths" and "magic tricks" I just skipped over because I felt they were a waste of time.

That being said, the stories were the best part. His time on HIMYM, Dougie, Harold and Kumar, along with all of his theatrical endeavors were great. I particularly enjoyed how he met David and their struggle with surrogacy and the parts about their family. It was a great autobiography, just told in the wrong format.

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LauraSteinert
Nov 06, 2016

I am much to linear a thinker to enjoy this. I've never done well with choose your own adventure books. Still, I did learn an interesting new word on p. 16 "importantlier." I am clearly the wrong generation.

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amary1978
Jul 14, 2016

I guess I am just getting to old. I didn't find this choose your own adventure to be exciting. It was just a boring read. Nothing new or interesting that I didn't already know being a fan in the 1990's.

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csrestall
Mar 15, 2016

This was a really fun and unique read! It was a book for my book club and even though I did not have a particular interest in the author I found the book very enjoyable and the format very unique. I do have to say that I felt it took 2 reads to get the full package out of the book. Reading it once I felt like I had missed too much. I also went back and read all of the funny endings and pages that I had missed. There are lots of "treasure pages" and hilarious endings. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of NPH or enjoys humorous literature or biographies.

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bookbee
Feb 13, 2016

A fun biography.

CMLibrary_sdeason Feb 03, 2016

In addition to this unique writing construction of "Choose Your Own Autobiography," the book is well written with life stories meant to be illuminating and humorous. Highly recommended for anyone who doesn`t take life too seriously, but admires some ambition.

mvkramer Jul 30, 2015

It's too bad that more people don't write choose-your-own autobiographies, because man was this fun! Rather than the usual self-important blathering of a celebrity autobiography, we get a witty, irreverent romp that includes real magic tricks, cocktail recipes, and a crossword puzzle that I'm pretty sure is unsolvable. My one quibble is that Neil seems a bit self-congratulatory throughout the book, but he has worked really, really hard to get to the level of personal and professional success he now enjoys, so he's probably earned it. Very fun read!

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Misty1979
Apr 14, 2015

Meh. It was okay. I read the e-book version which allowed you to jump to a different section so that was a plus. It was witty enough, but nothing that I found super entertaining or engaging. I was bored to tears by the end. If you are a dire hard fan of Neil Patrick Harris, I think you will love this book. If you enjoy him in passing, this book will end up being a snoozefest.

bhmwortman Apr 08, 2015

This book is full of everything you'd expect from Neil Patrick Harris and a book with this title. I giggled my way through this unconventional autobiography and was a total rebel, reading it straight through rather than following the page jump to page jump method. Harris is exactly as kind, sweet, and funny as you'd expect, and the stories he shares in the book were an absolute delight. If you're a NPH fan of any stripe, you should definitely pick this up sooner rather than later.

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OliviaF2020
Jan 26, 2015

I loved this book so much. I am proud to say that NPH is now my favorite actor. His story is amazing and his humor makes my day every day. I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure style, too, and it made this book so much fun to read! I definitely recommend reading this book. You will not regret it.

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Mar 15, 2016

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csrestall
Mar 15, 2016

This biography covers most important events in the life of NPH. Childhood, entrance and interest in acting, love of magic, Doogie Howser M.D, stage career, made for TV movies/TV special appearances, his sexuality, his partner/children, hosting of the Tonys/Emmys, and his friendship with Elton John. Written in the choose your own format so there are various 'prank' endings and 'treasure/fun pages'. Order of reading bounces around from page to page.

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