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Book Review: Neil Patrick Harris: Choose your Own Autobiography

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