You are the star in N.P.H.’s life story

U-News Staff

Anyone who is anyone who has written an autobiography has all done it the same way. It should not be a surprise that the person to buck that tradition would be prolific actor/magician/father/goofball Neil Patrick Harris (NPH).

“Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography” follows a similar layout to the “Choose Your Own Adventure” novels for children published through the late ’90s. At the end of each passage, which might detail accounts from NPH’s early childhood in New Mexico or his first encounter with a gay German acrobat, the reader is asked to choose from two or three possible routes. Each one will lead the reader to a different page, which might continue the story or abruptly end with NPH’s life ending in the most tragic way possible.

It should be noted that NPH has had an astonishing career. From his time on “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” to “How I Met Your Mother,” to hosting and winning a Tony and an Emmy, the 41-year-old shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The story is an exciting account of his life that is funny and full of wit and poise that give insight into the hectic life that is NPH.

The story is not without its flaws though. The choice to write in a second-person narrative may prove tiresome for some readers. While the autobiography is a “Choose Your Own Adventure”-style book, it is about 300 pages long, so the second-person narrative can be taxing at times. Of course, where that style of writing works best in this story is in the deeply personal moments of NPH’s life where he is accounting trying and emotional times. At those points, the reader can feel connected on a personal level.

It is an unconventional autobiography, one that stars you as the title role. Every decision you make leads you to legen—wait for it—-dary Hollywood stardom. If, by chance, you feel the need for a drink while living the tumultuous life of NPH, turn to page 45 in the book. It is a recipe for one of your (Neil’s) favorite drinks. It is quite refreshing.