Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing


Matthew Perry [3 weeks ago]

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The BELOVED STAR OF FRIENDS takes us behind the scenes of the hit sitcom and his struggles with addiction in this “CANDID, DARKLY FUNNY...POIGNANT” memoir (The New York Times)


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“Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.”

So begins the riveting story of acclaimed actor Matthew Perry, taking us along on his journey from childhood ambition to fame to addiction and recovery in the aftermath of a life-threatening health scare. Before the frequent hospital visits and stints in rehab, there was five-year-old Matthew, who traveled from Montreal to Los Angeles, shuffling between his separated parents; fourteen-year-old Matthew, who was a nationally ranked tennis star in Canada; twenty-four-year-old Matthew, who nabbed a coveted role as a lead cast member on the talked-about pilot then called Friends Like Us. . . and so much more.

In an extraordinary story that only he could tell—and in the heartfelt, hilarious, and warmly familiar way only he could tell it—Matthew Perry lays bare the fractured family that raised him (and also left him to his own devices), the desire for recognition that drove him to fame, and the void inside him that could not be filled even by his greatest dreams coming true. But he also details the peace he’s found in sobriety and how he feels about the ubiquity of Friends, sharing stories about his castmates and other stars he met along the way. Frank, self-aware, and with his trademark humor, Perry vividly depicts his lifelong battle with addiction and what fueled it despite seemingly having it all.

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that is both intimate and eye-opening—as well as a hand extended to anyone struggling with sobriety. Unflinchingly honest, moving, and uproariously funny, this is the book fans have been waiting for.

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing Book Reviews

Honest and Raw, a Must Read for Anyone who is Human
Matthew Perry bears his soul and has somehow reached his way into mine. Many times I cried and, of course, laughed until I cried. This book brought me closer to understanding addiction and gave me the chance to learn how to increase my empathy for those who suffer from this dreadful and devious disease. I admire Perry for bringing his raw and often visceral truth to the page for us all to see and feel. It was an act of generosity to share so deeply and I believe this book will change lives, as he clearly states, was one of his intentions. I recently lost a loved one, in her twenties, to an accidental drug overdose which was devastating for all my family and me. I felt very close to this topic and now have more compassion and understanding for the pain addicts must be going through. It may sound odd to say but I’d consider this book to somehow be a part of my healing process. I first picked up this book because of curiosity and intrigue about the infamous Matthew Perry, aka Chandler, known to have fallen many times from addiction. What I learned was this was not only about watching someone devastate and destroy himself, this book is really about redemption. It’s about the bravery and strength it took to save himself. If you expect to read this to peek into what tabloids displayed all these years about Chandler Bing, you will get that but you may also have a paradigm shift. Matthew Perry shows us that human beings are capable of so much more than they or we may think. I have a lot of similarities to the childhood pain that Perry describes. This book made me take stock of them and wonder how I might better process them after all these years. Even though I am a bit older and from a different geographic, I was very connected to the rich descriptions of his experiences. I even remember the Irish Spring commercial from my own childhood, it was on tv so often. His journey is so richly described that you feel like you are experiencing his feelings and there are many touchpoints in which the reader can relate. I think humor is still one of the most important and vital characteristics of life. Perry is just so funny and engaging and that aspect is pervasive throughout and underscores the entire book, which is what adds a sheer delight, even through the roughest and darkest of moments. In finishing the book and looking at the many photos at the end, I can’t help but feel familial and loving toward him myself, although he is a stranger. Perry states he is looking for love and I think any woman who ends up with him will have to be very strong because it will be hard work. But he will be worth every bit of it. The love and care he needs will always have to start from within himself and I think he is finally learning that. If I could say one thing to Matty Perry, I’d want to tell him you are enough. In fact, you are more than enough.

Disappointed
I thought the book was poorly written. It seemed like it was the same story repeated over and over again. It was very difficult to determine the years/age he was when reading about everything as it jumped back and forth quite a bit. He comes across as very arrogant. Plus, hard to tell how much truth in these stories if he was strung out on alcohol and pills most of the time….Very disappointing.

Awful
What a disappointment. I wish I hadn’t read this book as it definitely opened the curtains on who MP is. Shallow and so arrogant. Friends is my favorite of all time sitcom and I’m sad that Matthew Perry showed us who he truly is.

Wonderful
Matthew perry did an amazing job telling the story of his life even though he made horrible decisions and choices he still was really successful through the show Friends.

Not worth it
It’s honestly just way wallowy, full of self pitty with no resolve. You want to know about friends but you won’t get nearly as much as you think.

FRIENDS, LOVERS, AND THE BIG TERRIBLE THING

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