Remember those books growing up when you got to the end of a chapter you had a choice to make and then you turned to the page it told you to depending on your choice? Basically you chose the characters destination… and come what may, you decided for them. Well, Neil Patrick Harris’ biography is just like that. Neil narrates (oh yes… it is that awesome!) his own story, yet as he takes us through the life and times of second person Neil Patrick Harris, he gives you choices to choose what Neil decided next, or what kind of family he had growing up… it is funny, and interesting!
I have been a Neil Patrick Harris fan since his days as Doogie Howser (which you hear all about how Neil was chosen for that role and what it was like working on a set with adult actors and because of the child acting laws; his parents always within eye shot.
It also discusses ( or he discusses… about himself… in second person…lol) his coming out as being gay, hanging out with Elton John, hosting the Emmys, Tonys, and writing the opening – or in one case middle (there is a reason for that one) – numbers for the award shows.
While the book is good, there are a few areas that are not appropriate for all ages (shoot, I am not even sure if it is appropriate for me). Neil does get a little crude in a couple of parts of the book. That said, I have to admit I love his quick wit, his descriptions of changing up award songs to reflect what actually happened during the awards (winners and bloopers…), and his talk about being a part of a great tv series, How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM). Hearing about his tv career and his award hosting was a favorite part of the book for me.
As I mentioned, I listened to this on audio so I have to say the choose your own adventure theme works a bit differently on audio. Instead of choosing to go to a certain page, Neil simply gives you the choices and says something like, “to hear more about award ceremonies, stay tuned; to hear more about being the youngest doctor to ever help deliver a baby, that is next!”
All in all, by listening to this audio book I found our more about Neil Patrick Harris. I enjoyed listening to him. I find him to be a confident, funny, witty, guy. He knows how to work an audience and he has a brilliant mind. Fans of HIMYM and/or fans of his hosting award shows will enjoy this listen, or this book.