‘Choose Your Own Autobiography’ or Learning to Love Neil Patrick Harris as Yourself


9780385347013Neil Patrick Harris has recently, and mostly accidentally, become a poster child for the outcast done good. From his early childhood in school plays, to teenage years spent playing a TV Doctor, to finally taking television and Broadway by storm, Neil Patrick Harris is witty, hilarious, and fun to read. In his book >Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, NPH allows readers to choose their own path through his life with witty little footnotes of which page to turn to next. This allows the reader to skip through to the sections they most want to read. It is also entirely possible to just power straight through and totally not follow instructions (which I did) and you’ll find a few pages here and there hidden from view. The book includes anecdotes written by his famous friends, but always directed to the reader as if they too were NPH.

Some of the most incredible passages are about NPH and David Burka’s love for each other. Harris spends a good deal of the book describing his initial fears of coming out, as well as announcing to the world that he was in a relationship with David Burka. After reading this book, I wish I could have a husband like David Burka, but I digress. There is a section in the book where Burka makes notes over NPH’s copy to correct his ideas. You can feel the love through the entire passage. This love continues when NPH details his early days with his two adorable twins, Gideon and Harper.  He describes the secrecy behind their birth and his sheer and utter terror that the media would run wild with it and destroy their whole family.

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography is funny, irreverent, and just the thing to pull  you out of the end-of-Summer funk.  Just be warned, there is a good deal of sarcasm and joking done in the book, so don’t take every “fact” seriously.

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography comes to paperback September 15, 2015 from Three Rivers Press.


FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for a fair review.


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