Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

Book 70 of my 2014 Reading Challenge

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Summary (via 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 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!

My Opinion
This was a great, fun read. The first time I went through the book with my own choices, I was eaten by piranhas in the Amazon River on my way to discuss Sweeney Todd 2: The Legend of Toby's Gold  with Stephen Sondheim and died. Then I went back to the beginning and read everything. 

I liked the inserts from the others. My favorite was Seth MacFarlane's. 

Like a good biography, most of the focus was on NPH himself. He didn't hold back regarding 3 people but his reasons were stated very clearly so nothing felt like idle gossip or meanspirited dish. Okay, maybe the scenarios with Dustin Diamond were a little meanspirited but if he truly wrote what NPH says he did (I don't know for sure since I haven't read Diamond's book), then he deserved it and more.

Normally I would end with a few quotes from the book but this isn't the kind of book that I can pull quotes from. If you're a fan of NPH, you should definitely read this book.

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