The Time I Reviewed NPH’s 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”!

This was everything that I wanted, and even more!

NPH, you slay me.

NPH chose a fascinating way to lay out his autobiography, in a choose-your-adventure fashion that he remembers fondly. I, however, did not follow the instructions and read the book from cover to cover.
I KNOW, I’m a horrid person. But I have real problem: FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). It’s a thing, I swear.

Harris covers everything from his Doogie Howser years, to his unsuccessful movie auditions, to HIMYM, to Broadway and to the birth of his children. He is refreshingly honest about his Hollywood life and his book is peppered with brief letters from his famous friends (such as Whoopi Goldberg & Kelly Ripa), along with instructions for magic tricks (which I LOVED), cocktail recipes (which will be happening this weekend) and entertaining ways to die (the Joss Whedon cameo was my favorite).

Above all, it was just flat-out hilarious. What more could one want?

However, the only thing that could have made it even more phenomenal…

Cause, let’s be real…

I couldn’t resist, I just had to throw that in there.

This is definitely a book I plan on purchasing, and it will sit proudly with Bossypants and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me.

This review can also be found on Leafmarks and Goodreads.


2 thoughts on “The Time I Reviewed NPH’s Choose Your Own Autobiography

  1. Nice! I’ll have to pick this up from the library. I listened to his NPR promotional interview, but mostly the interviewer just contrived ways to get NPH to sing. So, he didn’t really get to promote the book so much!

    On a side note, I always always got horrible outcomes in the CYOA books. I’d probably read the book straight through, not because of FOMO, but because of PTSD.


    • Hahaha. Did you purposefully pick the more nefarious choices? Or did you end up there regardless?

      I remember my dad being concerned back when I was playing this Star Wars role-playing game, where depending on your choices you would become more aligned with the Jedi or the Sith and that would affect your available choices.

      I liked being evil, hehe. And my parents got rid of the game… 😦
      The lesson I learned was to be evil in a sneakier manner ;).


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