Synopsis according to GoodReads:
"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 guest stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. 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!"
I admit it: I had a crush on Doogie Howser, MD. But then I got a huge kick out of everything else I've seen NPH in. And I love how gracious he is in public, on shows and whatnot. And of course, he and his partner look like really fun parents. That, plus my childhood fondness (and Neil's!) for Choose Your Own Adventure books cinched the deal in picking this one up.
It truly does read like a Choose Your Own Adventure, which is marvelously engaging. It also makes each piece easily digestible. And the "wrong turn" chapters are so tongue in cheek and deliberately over the top that I ended up reading every single avenue. Every. Single. Choice.
Like the best comedic autobiographies, it has a healthy dose of self-awareness, and some dish on other famous people. It also has drink recipes! And a nice behind-the-scenes peek into stage acting, screen acting, the 90's club scene, and magicians.
And did I mention it's hilarious?
I recommend this for fans of comedy, fans of NPH, fans of famous people who don't take themselves too seriously, and those wanting to read an autobiography that's refreshingly fun.
I received a copy for review from Blogging for Books. This in no way affects my opinion of the book.
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