This is one of the first choose your own adventure style of books I have ever read, and I was not disappointed. Although I do not know much about Neil Patrick Harris, I found this genre matched perfectly with some of the characters he has portrayed over the years. If you are familiar with Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother) or his on screen version of himself (Harold & Kumar), you will find yourself at home with his writing style. Much of this book reads like a weird challenge concocted by Barney himself.
The book takes the absurd approach of letting you be NPH. You will attempt to take a journey through his life from freshly born baby, child actor, and adult acting career to family man. There are even random pages dedicated to mixed drinks, and magic tricks. Maybe there is even a super secrete hidden page, but that is for you to find out. Although there are many fun and silly moments throughout this autobiography, NPH does cover serious topics in his life such as his sexual orientation or his struggles to escape his childhood character Doogie Howser.
All in all this autobiography gives you a glimpse of the man behind the characters he plays. Although sometimes the real NPH is hard to decipher from the character that is NPH, this is one of the more creative and enjoyable autobiographies you will probably ever read.
Reviewed by my boyfriend
Synopsis from the back cover:
When seventeen-year-old Paige Townsen gets plucked from obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a bustling movie set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life begins to resemble her character’s.
I love the ending for this first part of the trilogy. I had to re-read the prologue to make sure I understand which guy she chooses at the end. (more…)
I have never been to a Jim Gaffigan stand-up comedy show or read his first book, Dad is Fat, which was a big success and made it onto the New York Times Best Seller’s list for 17 weeks. All I knew before reading this book was he is a famous stand-up comedian that made fun of “Hot Pockets”. When I received this book from the UPS deliveryman I needed a break from writing something boring, so I was really excited to open the box and found this book in it. Hey, this guy is a comedian right? his book should be funny then and it would be a nice break from what I was doing earlier. As expected, this book is funny maybe hilarious would be a better description. After picking up this book, I still have not gone back to my original writing task (cause I could not put this book down, and yes I read kind of slow)! (more…)