Neil Derrick Harris Biography

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There is no greater privilege of being able to suit up and be one of the most successful people in the entertainment business for even just a class period. What is it like to be Neil Patrick Harris? What is it like to be an award show host, a TV star, Broadway star, and movie star? The answer is legen- wait for it- dary. Many reasons come to mind about why I chose to read about and “become” Neil Patrick Harris, but if I had to choose a few, it all really boils down to his love of musical theater, his appreciation for the finer things in life, and his positivity. These were all things I felt a connection to. I share Harris’s love of watching musicals, and I revel in belting along to the soundtracks of some of his favorite shows like…show more content…
It’s creative. David Javerbaum and Neil Patrick Harris wrote the book in second person which gave me a chance to “live his life” instead of just reading about it. The book is funny and honest, and it’s filled with personality. It includes magic tricks, amusing little footnotes that comment on his own writing, fake death scenarios, letters from friends, and recipes for Harris’s favorite drinks and foods, giving the reader a different kind of insight to his life that most biographies won’t include. The format of the autobiography highlights Harris’s charm and humorous personality. Some parts of the stories inside are fabrications of Harris’s imagination (“lies” addressed in footnotes), and they make the book that much more interesting. As his character Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother once said, “A lie is just a great story that someone ruined with the truth.” His witty comments and his occasional throwing of shade gave me something to laugh at on every page. After reading the book, I find it hard to not love Neil Patrick Harris even more than I did before. Everything written is directed at the reader in a very personal way, which made me feel like I got to know Harris as a friend. I “lived” his adventure of a love life and “hosted” four Tony Awards. Through it all, the decisions that “I made” were all what I consider morally appropriate decisions. None of it made Neil Patrick Harris a bad person. In fact, the amount of love he seems to have for his family, friends, and job made my perception of him rise above my initial

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