Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing - Matthew Perry

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing

By Matthew Perry

  • Release Date: 2022-11-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 584 Ratings



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.


  • Awful

    By zombiesssssssssssssss
    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

    By Kareeanne
    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

    By hairbyrobere
    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.
  • Sad and Really?

    By CateKendall
    Ok his parents got divorced and that was his trauma?? It is sad and a little too celebrity entitled for my taste. The story jumps around so much and the writing is mediocre. Matthew Perry is talented and without question a great comic. I do question who he considers intelligent and brilliant as Hollywood is infested with carnival people who tout themselves as “great intellects.” Reasonably good read. I wish him peace.
  • Excellent.

    By Jesse771249
    A great book - I felt like I was with Matthew Perry the entire time. Although it was hard to read at times because of the rawness of it, I felt his goodness and innate integrity trumped the demons of his addictions.
  • Terrible self centered and boring

    By 69bot24
  • Friends Season10 - Chandler one man show

    By SiqiZhang Leo
    Matt is born for Chandler. Everything we saw in Friends about Chandler are most real… Listening to this book just like watching the Friends Season10 - Chandler one man show Addiction is like the Joker. It just wants to see the whole world burn. It’s a tragedy to saw a bright man spend almost his whole life fight against drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. From chapter8, it’s a great pleasure to see Matthew’s transformation - Love always win The biggest lesson - “never try something you cannot afford”. Hope you all well, Matthew
  • Loved it!

    By michael jackson lover🕴🏾💋
    I love this could not put it down from the second I picked it up. I had to at least read one chapter a day because it was consuming me. Once I read one page, I just got into a zone. So good to really figure out what was going on.
  • A Book Filled with A Man’s Truths

    By FatimaVS
    This book is a book that tells of a man ’s heart and his Truths. This is not supposed to be a “perfect” read, it only has to be an honest one. Heartbreaking, inspiring, tragic, and hopeful all at the same time. You do not need to be a fellow sufferer of addiction to relate tot this. It is simply one man telling his story, revealing himself, struggles and victories included, flaws and all. What you’ll read and hear might not always be easy to swallow, but that is the point of it, I believe. No hiding, no sugarcoating anything.
  • A Big terrible thing indeed!

    By The Stuggling Mama Bear
    I learned even more about Substance abuse disorder than I thought I knew. What a huge struggle Mathew has had to deal with and my heart goes out to him. My daughter has this disorder so I’m quite familiar with the rollercoaster ride that it is. I will add him to my prayer list to keep strong.