Comedy Book Corner – Choose Your Own Autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris

This is a book that I have wanted to read for a long time. I’m a huge fan of Neil Patrick Harris’s work so I was really excited about the fact he was releasing an autobiography. However, there was one thing that half me back a bit from reading it and that was the fact it was a Choose Your Own Adventure style Autobiography.

Now normally I would enjoy a Choose Your Own Adventure book but as it was the autobiography function I wasn’t keen on the idea. However when i decided to read the book I gave it the benefit of the doubt and strictly followed the ideology of the book. I know it may seem unusual having a book in this theme about someone who isn’t a comedian but he plays one of the most iconic parts in the sitcom HIMYM and felt it was only right to take a look at it on this article because it is a highly comical character.

A lot of the time reading the book I spent a lot of time trying to work out what path to take. I got to a point where I was slowly adapting to the concept and then the book ‘ended’. I felt ripped off as it felt like there was so much of the book and the story I hadn’t had a chance to read so I decided at that point to ignore the rules and go from the beginning sifting past sections I had read and to try and focus on the content.

If you ignore the ideology of the book and look at the narrative it is a very well-written book lots of great anecdotes about his career, Love and children. There is also a lot of fun insights into his role of Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother as well as his adventures in film and broadway. There are chapters that are fictional to help set up the Choose Your Own Adventure concept. The chapters are super easy to read although saying that I wish it read like a novel and that’s why I have to mark it down. The page jumping is really repetitive and annoying.

Great read, terrible system.

Readability Rating: *** 3 Stars

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