Sunday, January 11, 2015

Blogging For Books: NPH Choose Your Own Autobiography

True story: on my first date with Craig, I admitted to him my love of celebrity gossip. That guilty pleasure was shared, and then we decided to get married. That is our love story in a nutshell. I mean, I guess there is a little more to it.

When I heard that Neil Patrick Harris' memoir was coming out, I was interested to read it. I mean, he was a child star that really didn't go crazy. In fact, I don't really remember a lot from him other than Doogie until How I Met Your Mother came out. I have seen him dance and sing on the Tony's and guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance. He also is able to convincingly play a character like Barney, when he is almost the exact opposite of that in real life. When I heard it was going to be a choose your own adventure" style book, I was excited to see how it would work. I mean, an autobiography is a true story so how would it work.

So when I was browsing the Blogging For Books website, looking for my first book, and saw this own I jumped at the chance to get my own copy. There was only one copy left, and it was an e-book. Now I don't hate my Nook. I mean, I like to use it for magazine subscriptions, when I travel and it makes checking books out from the library super convenient. BUT, I still prefer hard copy books. But, I decided to go for it and request the e-book. There was a bit of a SNAFU, and with the holidays I didn't recieve my link for the download for a couple weeks, but once it was figured out, I got it safely loaded on my reader. And started reading.
I will be honest, I don't know if I read the entire book or not. I mean, I think I did. I went through it a couple times, but with the format, I still may fave missed something. Overall, it was what I expected. It was a humorous look at the life of NPH. He talked about his start in acting, how he learned magic, his dislike for Dustin Diamond, his coming out in Hollywood and more. There was also some name dropping, some "wrong turns" where the reader dies and a couple of random things (letters, a drink recipe etc.)

This was a fun read and I enjoyed it. He didn't go into depth on anything overly emotional. I think I would have liked a hard copy much better. With the e-reader it was difficult to go back and try to start over or to choose the other ending.

What are you reading right now?

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review. All opinions are my own!


Jen said...

I'm reading Unbroken right now, it's a great book!

Kristin said...

We also love NPH (especially in Harold and Kumar), and I saw this book and the "choose your own adventure" thing put me off. I do like hard copies too…I read with the Kindle app on my iPad but it can be confusing to go back and forth…

Becky Dougherty said...

I've definitely never heard of a Choose Your Own Adventire autobiography! I agree with you about eBooks. I don't mind them, but I definitely prefer a paper book. It seems like a paper copy would be easier for this type of story. I'm glad you gave the link in this post! Totally got signed up myself! :)

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I used to absolutely love those books when I was little, and I'd go back a zillion times and read all the different ways.

I'm curious how I'd feel about them as an adult...probably a little like you...thinking I read the whole thing but being a little unsure.

Thanks for linking up!

Jana @ Jana Says said...

I've been on the fence about reading this book but I LOVE NPH so I might put it on my list. I enjoyed these types of books as a kid so there's that, too.

Thanks for linking up!

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