From child star to Renaissance man, Neil Patrick Harris has grown up before our eyes with some notable TV roles. His autobiography, told in the format of the old Choose Your Own Adventure series of books, tells his story of landing the iconic role of Doogie Howser to becoming the legendary Barney Stinson – and all the roles along the way.
I’m a huge fan of NPH and was so excited that he was writing an autobiography let alone reading it. The gimmick of making it a Choose Your Own Adventure book is a clever one, though it got a bit tiresome after a while. I didn’t even follow that format and just read the book straight through – which worked out chronologically for the most part except for the passages where I got to the “outrageous” options if you had chosen poorly.
I enjoyed, and appreciated, how candid and honest Neil was about a variety of things from his coming out as gay and eventually meeting his love to the surrogacy process to have their twins. He’s very open about the stars that he’s had beefs with along the way and it surprised me a bit that he’d call them out! I loved reading about the different roles he’s had, the experience of How I Met Your Mother, doing Broadway and hosting a variety of awards shows.
As with any good book, the protagonist may go through a journey, and that is evident based on the stories NPH shares from his younger days to now. His maturity, while maintaining his boyish love for magic, shows through as he gushes about his love for David and their two children. The photos are heartwarming and the love is so prominent and evident. While I know him best as Barney Stinson, it’s the chapters about him as a family man that I loved reading about the most.