Title: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Author: Neil Patrick Harris
NPH is a trip, and I wish I knew him in real life. This autobiography totally proves that.
For starters, the book is a throw back to the choose your own adventure books of my childhood (and his, he’s not that much older than me), complete with making you flip back and forth around the book for the whole story.
I gotta say, I was totally into those books as a kid, but I had a knack for *always* picking the fastest route to end the book. I’d turn maybe two pages and then BOOM! i was dead or something. And in this book, sure enough, I picked the fastest way out and was done in less than five pages. I’m awesome like that.
So I read through the second attempt and managed to get a pretty good view of his early life – childhood and early breaks – and a huge chunk of his personal life, but somehow managed to totally miss everything about HIMYM and movies and everything else. Oops. But I’ve found the cocktail recipe multiple times, so I’m probably going to need to try that.
Oh, and if you’re not a fan of the CYOA books, I’m going to have to explain them. You’d read a section, written in second person, and at the end, it’d give you a choice. You’d pick one and flip to the corresponding page. Same here, except instead of “A bear is trying to eat you, what do you do?” You’re getting choices like “to read about the time you appeared on broadway…”
It’s a must for a child of the 80s, and a must for any NPH/HIMYM/Doogie fan.
Read this book. Several times.