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Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing
Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing | Matthew Perry
The beloved star of Friends takes us behind the scenes of the hit sitcom and his struggles with addiction in this candid, funny, and revelatory memoir that delivers a powerful message of hope and persistence In an extraordinary story that only he could tell, Matthew Perry takes readers onto the soundstage of the most successful sitcom of all time while opening up about his private struggles with addiction. Candid, self-aware, and told with his trademark humor, Perry vividly details his lifelong battle with the disease and what fueled it despite seemingly having it all. Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that shares the most intimate details of the love Perry lost, his darkest days, and his greatest friends. Unflinchingly honest, moving, and hilarious: this is the book fans have been waiting for.
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Kshakal
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book and I didn‘t… I felt like for the majority of it he blamed everyone else for his addiction problems… I did enjoy the behind the scenes look at friends though…

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Besha
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Und ich müsste längst tot sein.
Wenn Sie so wollen, betrachten Sie das, was Sie jetzt lesen, als eine Botschaft aus dem Jenseits. Meinem Jenseits.

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Mariasimon
Mehso-so

As a lover of friends and a healthcare provider who worked in *basically* a detox unit for over a year, I was very interested in and excited to read this story. I did enjoy the friends insights, all though there was very few and I enjoyed the patients perspective on addiction, but this book wasn‘t it for me. Perry had a very narcissistic view on his life, feeling as if he was owed something and never took any responsibility.

Mariasimon Addiction is a very real, very nasty disease, but it was always someone else‘s fault that he was in this situation. A girl broke up with him? Her fault he‘s using now. His mom remarried? He had mommy issues and could never love and was constantly reminded of that and turned to use and drink. You do feel how hard addiction is, and I respect that and wouldn‘t wish it on anyone, but I wish he wasn‘t such an ass about it 6d
Mariasimon The way he spoke about women in this book was so degrading, I truly did not enjoy that aspect, and women always owed him more, more sex, more attention, etc. Jennifer Anniston didn‘t reciprocate his admiration? We heard about it 10 times. He was always referencing himself as the most interesting, most funny guy in the room/ world, it got old 6d
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TheDaysGoBy
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Was this my favorite celeb memoir I‘ve read? No. I did enjoy it though. I never knew much about his addiction and rehab stints - even back when I was watching Friends just because I don‘t keep up with celeb gossip. I think the book could‘ve done with some editing or been laid out better as some parts felt repetitive, particularly with some of the interludes. Still thought it was interesting though

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Paigepiers
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Pickpick

Very insightful

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Shannon_McKinney
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Mehso-so

A lot about his addictions to smoking, alcohol, and drugs. 3 🌟

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Elizabeth2
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Mehso-so

How is it that I feel guilty writing this review? For the first 3/4 of the book Matthew Perry is not very likable. Then, things sort of come together and I felt pity for him. By the end there‘s the smallest amount of redemption and hope. This memoir is brutally honest. Unfortunately, it‘s also not edited well, repetitive and the timeline is jumbled. He begins something, only to go astray and never come back. I wanted to like it so much more. ⬇️

Elizabeth2 This book is dark, and sad, and depressing, and probably full of triggers for some people. The audio book is read by Matthew, and I don‘t think this is his forté. I was confused sometimes with how he chose to phrase a sentence. I hope he finds happiness. I hope he remains sober. Addiction is a horrible disease, and this memoir shows it in harsh light. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 3w
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OriginalCyn620
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Friends is my all-time favorite show, so when this came out, I knew I‘d have to read it. I knew about Perry‘s addictions but didn‘t know how early they started and how really bad it was. I had no idea that the big terrible thing even happened! This was honest and real (sometimes too real) and I hope that Matthew stays sober and lives his best life.

#jumpstart2023
#bookspinbingo
#pop23 - a celebrity memoir
#joyousjanuary

Andrew65 Brilliant, well done 👏👏👏 3w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3w
Clwojick I‘ve been super intrigued by this one. 3w
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Jenny1687
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Mehso-so

#1-2023. Interesting, but kind of depressing. Wish there was more FRIENDS content!

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Sarahannereadsbooks
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Panpan

The book is repetitive, the timeline was all over the place and didn't flow very well and there are an annoying amount of typos. I'm also not sure how helpful people with alcohol and drug dependence would find this book. Maybe some would appreciate the amount Matthew Perry does share and feel less alone.

There are a few stories about the TV show Friends and other interesting tidbits that save the book, but otherwise it was not that great.

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janeycanuck
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Mehso-so

This is not a light, fluffy memoir of happy people on the cast of Friends. It starts with a terrible medical episode that nearly cost Perry his life and while that is one of the hardest parts of the memoir, Perry's story is grim. I think it might be easier on audio but take a pass on this one if you have your own addictive struggles or if you aren't great with seeing the bad & ugly side of a life that appears charmed to the rest of the world.

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hartofashieldmaiden
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Pickpick

"A raw, unflinching memoir that took courage to write"

What a good 1st book to read for 2023, I finished it in 9 hours it was that good, I couldn't put the book down.

I would highly recommend it to everyone.

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limada
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Pickpick

Not even sure what to say about Perry's autobiography. Clearly written by him, you can hear his voice through it all. Even the stuff that's super hard to read. Heartbreaking and uplifting, but maybe a smidge more real than anyone asked for. Could his life BE more dramatic? #1-2023

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AudiobookingWithLeah
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Mehso-so

Between a Pick and a So-So
Chandler is my second favorite character from the show F●R●I●E●N●D●S (My fav is Monica), so I was really interested in his story. Did it live up to everything I wanted it to be…not exactly…but that‘s okay. Although, after listening to this, I have to say I like Chandler way more than Matthew Perry. He was a little too “woe is me” with his addiction, and then a little too full of himself with his fame.

Megabooks Monica fan too!! 🙋🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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mom_of_4
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My hold came in so excited about this one. I love Friends so this will be interesting to look into one of the characters lives.

WJCintron I need to read this! Please let me know if it‘s good. I LOVE FRIENDS!! 1mo
WJCintron @jeannasser 🥹😱 I NEED it!! 1mo
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candc320
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So I am a HUGE Friends fan…it is one of my 2 favorite shows ever (the other being Lost). I‘m glad that I never really expected the characters to be like their characters or anything other than human, because if I did I would have hated this memoir. It feels incredibly raw and honest, however he often comes across as a hypocritical narcissist. He cheats and breaks up with women (apparently before they can leave him) but calls out an ex for ⬇️

candc320 Cont‘d: telling him by email that she was getting married. Why does she owe him anything? Well because he thinks she does I guess 🤷🏼‍♀️. He calls out other celebrities, which I thought was in poor taste. But all in all he doesn‘t try to sugar coat his actions or his bad choices/ drug and alcohol use. Do I like him more or less than before? No, because I didn‘t really care that much about him personally before. I still like Chandler 🤣. 🌟🌟🌟 1mo
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Rissa1
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Pickpick

You are Enough. ❤

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LisaLovesToRead
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Pickpick

Perry is very honest about the devastation his addictions have caused. This book got me thinking, but still offered some hope.

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Rachel52
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I got all three books I wanted for Christmas 😊🎄🎅

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MysticFaerie
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Mehso-so

3⭐️/5⭐️

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bio_chem06
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I can‘t believe how incredibly unlikeable Matthew Perry is 😕 I finished but it was a real push to do so.

MoonWitch94 The clips of his interview with GMA he did made me cringe. I want to stay in my ignorant bubble where I pretend he‘s not unlikeable 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😂 2mo
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Catsandbooks
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4.25/5 ⭐️ Friends is one of my favorite shows of all time and Chandler is my favorite character so this was a must read for me! I knew Matthew struggled with addiction but I did not realize how terrible it really was. I hope he can stay sober and gets everything he wants in life.

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘ve seen some pretty horrible reviews for this. As a mediocre “Friends” fan, this had zero affect on how I feel about Chandler because I just don‘t care that much about TV characters. Perry talks incessantly about his addiction and recovery, addiction and recovery, many times over. He did some messy, dangerous stuff. I‘m not sure what readers expected. It felt honest enough. Was it self serving? Yeah, but many (most?) memoirs are.

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TheHungryBookworms
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Bailedbailed

Couldnt do it. I tapped out. The story might be good but i cant deal with him narrating it. Also the time line is all over the place and its supper confusing..😩😩😩

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Lenamarcela339
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actualdisneyprincess
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This was an unflinching, heartbreaking, and yet ultimately hopeful memoir. I hope that Perry receives nothing but good things in life from here on out - he has faced his demons, and has done his best to be nothing but light in the world. So much admiration for his honesty and candor, and his ability to find laughter in even the worst experiences. #matthewperry #friendsloversandthebigterriblething #memoir

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actualdisneyprincess
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It takes a lot of courage to candidly lay out your worst demons for the world. Bravo, Matthew, and may all that is good come your way. #friendsloversandthebigterriblething #matthewperry #memoir #addiction #friends #actor #chandlerbing #studio60 #mattalbie

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deeannloso
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Mehso-so

It was an okay memoir. What‘s his issue with Keanu Reeves? Also, I know he has money but no need to brag about it so much. 🙄 Other than being famous, we do have a few things in common. I‘m not an addict or an alcoholic, but I did abuse alcohol for quite a few years. I had daddy issues, abandonment syndrome and, therefore, pushed men away before they could leave me. I didn‘t screw up my life quite as badly as he did. Glad he‘s recovering.

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deeannloso
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“Perry divulges what his benders were like, how it started, who helped him, and the lowest lows that he experienced (an anecdote about riffling through people‘s medicine cabinets for pills is gutting)—much of which happened when he was starring in one of the hottest, and some could argue most iconic, shows on television. Could he be any more honest? I mean, maybe, but he‘s alive and telling his story.”

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RebL
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I‘ve loved so many people with big terrible things that I would have to talk to a therapist before I could discern what I think of this book.
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It‘s been almost a decade since my ex moved out. This weekend, my 20 YO baby is helping make space for me in my home, starting with three filing cabinets. So much paper!

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NikkiKey94
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I am only a few seasons into watching Friends and there‘s so much I never knew about Matthew Perry. I wanted to listen to his memoir on audiobook because it was read by him and it was so good. There were times when I cringed, times when I was angry, and times when I wanted to cry. Im really glad I decided to listen to this one.

MyNamesParadise I bought this one because Chandler was my favorite on Friends. I haven‘t gotten to it yet, but really want to. I‘ve been meaning to rewatch Friends! Hope you enjoy it! 4w
NikkiKey94 @MyNamesParadise I did enjoy it! There were some parts that made me cringe a little but overall it was great! 4w
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Sara_Planz
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This is an unflinching look at Matthew Perry‘s life in his own words. His brutal honesty about his battles with drugs, alcohol and medical issues were heartbreaking, but his resilience and hope to find sobriety on the other side is what gives this book balance. Perry‘s path can serve as a cautionary tale while also giving hope to those who might be battling their own demons, and I applaud his courage in sharing these struggles so openly.

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squirrelbrain
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Mehso-so

I‘m really not sure how I feel about this book, or about Perry after reading it. The book itself had a disjointed timeline, and a lot of repetition.

As for Perry, at times I felt sorry for him as he‘s clearly been through a LOT but I also disliked a lot of what he said. He blames an awful lot on his Mum, he boasts about how good he is at helping other addicts and has a confusing take on God / religion.

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squirrelbrain Overall, I don‘t think he‘s done himself any favours. By trying to be open and honest he comes across (to me) as needy and, dare I say it, rather unlikeable. 😬 3mo
Monica5 I have been seeing that a lot in reviews. I was gonna read it bc he's Chandler, but now with everyone saying the same thing, I may just skip it🤷 3mo
Suet624 This seems to be the universal feeling about this book. Your review outlines the particular issues with the book quite well. 3mo
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Cinfhen Yeah. This book did not serve him well. I really hope he‘s made significant changes to his lifestyle & I pray he finds peace but I will never be able to watch Friends with the same joy I once did 😟 3mo
DogMomIrene I see a Litsy trend growing here. I watched him on Bill Maher and thought the same thing, like dude you‘re Chanandler Bong, how are you so unlikeable? And then I was like, oh yeah, acting. Thanks for the review. I‘ll be skipping this one. 3mo
squirrelbrain @Monica5 @Suet624 @DogMomIrene - it‘s such a shame, but you‘re right Irene, he must have put such an ‘acting‘ face on for all those years. 3mo
squirrelbrain @Cinfhen I know, me neither. He was my favourite character too. 😞 3mo
DogMomIrene @squirrelbrain true! And Bill Maher commented that he thought Perry‘s best work was in front of him. Maybe he‘ll be the next Robert Downey Jr. maybe he evolves. Who knows🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Megabooks Excellent review! I agree with almost everything you‘ve written! 3mo
Caroline2 Oh wow… unstacked!! 😬 3mo
thewallflower0707 I listened to the episode by Celebrity Book Memoir on this book and it really turned off on touching that book. If you don‘t want to spend money but still want to know what‘s going on, I really recommend it. 2mo
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Tiffiney
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Wow…what a great read! I had no idea how crazy his addiction was. He really bares it all in this book. Kudos to him! I highly recommend this one if you like a good memoir ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MicheleinPhilly
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Mehso-so

I wasn‘t planning on reading this and I kind of wish I hadn‘t. I am always reluctant to judge someone else‘s story but this could have benefitted from a heavier editorial hand. It is an important story, to be sure, but with so much focus on being famous and having lots of sex, I feel like the larger message was lost in the muddle. I wish him well and hope he stays sober but this just made me feel sorry for him. 😬

squirrelbrain I‘ve nearly finished the audio and have much the same thoughts as you…. 3mo
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Bookjunkie57
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Bookfan3
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Honest, funny and sad all at once. Matthew opens up with bravery and discusses his struggles with alcohol and prescription medications. Enjoyed it

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JenReadsAlot
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Mehso-so

As an addiction memoir I think it was good and important to share. I am a therapist for drug court so appreciated his writing about that. As an overall book it was not well written and he really did not come across as a likable person.

TheDaysGoBy I‘ve been seeing a lot of so-so reviews on this one which kinda bums me out. He was always my fave on Friends. I will still read I‘m sure but I think I‘m tempering my expectations now 3mo
JenReadsAlot @TheDaysGoBy I was expecting funnier, but man he's been through hell... 3mo
Cinfhen Yeah!! It was hard to “root” for him at times and I didn‘t expect to feel that way. Of course, I pray he stays clean & finds inner peace. 3mo
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keys_on_fire
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I love Matthew Perry and I wanted to love his book more. I‘m really STILL struggling with rating this one…
This is an addict‘s memoir, & he really goes into detail about his journey. At times, I felt like it jumped around & was repetitive. At first, I thought this was not helping the story, but now I wonder if it was on purpose to help underscore how much the drugs mess with and steal from you. I truly pray he can stay clean now.

EvieBee That‘s an interesting perspective! Also sadly true. 3mo
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shanebeth
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Mehso-so

Matthew has some good stories to tell, but this got repetitive and the timeline of events was somewhat confusing, especially toward the end. mostly it just left me hoping he really is ok. I listened to the audiobook, and I did enjoy his narration. I rated it 3 ⭐️s.

book 14/22 for 22

Cinfhen Agree with everything you said!! This book left me feeling really sad 😔 3mo
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Cazxxx
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Could I BE anymore excited to have finished this?
I found this fascinating, funny in parts while being heartbreaking in how addiction has ruined his life plus the emptiness that he seems to have always felt. Its quite surprising he‘s managed to have such a successful career with the magnitude of his addictions. It‘s not the best written memoir I‘ve ever read but I‘m a HUGE friends fan so for me this was a pick. I may be a bit biased though 😂

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Chelsea.Poole
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Oof this is hard to rate because I found it compelling but the writing was just not good and the whole thing read as a girlfriend-seeking mission. Cringey, but at the same time I felt like HE thinks he‘s pouring his heart out so I can‘t help but feel for him in his sobriety struggle and loneliness. There‘s much better out there but how often do you get to hear from Chandler Bing? Could he BE anymore braggy? I grew up with Friends!

thewallflower0707 I‘m listening to the episode from Celebrity Memoir Book Club, and the way he described women and especially how obsessed he was with Jennifer Anniston creeps me out. 3mo
Chelsea.Poole @thewallflower0707 yes! I totally see that. I don‘t know that this book is going to help him in the girlfriend seeking mission he is on 😬 but he certainly is getting lots of publicity so 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
BarbaraBB I love your review even though I probably won‘t read the book. I am intrigued though by the fact that he was obsessed with Jennifer Anniston. I didn‘t know that. 3mo
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thewallflower0707 @BarbaraBB apparently he never got over that she didn‘t want to sleep with him, and then acted weirdly around her on the Friends set 🙄 3mo
BarbaraBB Really? I thought they were friends. How naive! @thewallflower0707 😉 3mo
Megabooks Yes, all the stuff about gfs was 💯 cringey. 😬 3mo
Smrloomis Oh wow… your review is interesting but I think I‘ll be skipping this one. The gf stuff sounds yucky! 3mo
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Jhullie
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My heart is a little broken after reading this. The man who brought laughter to so many during those heady days of Friends has suffered so much. He is honest about his struggle with addiction, revealing consequences I never knew. At the same time he makes colostomy bags and their tendency to break almost funny…almost. This is not a laugh out loud memoir but occasional belly laughs did erupt out of me. I have respect for the man, actor, friend.

Cinfhen Great review. This really was sad 😔 3mo
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Megabooks
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Dude has an ego on him! Sheesh. But it‘s all in a humble brag sort of way. Like several times he says things to the effect of, “Nothing gets me higher than getting people of drugs!” As an addiction memoir, it was okay. As a celebrity memoir it was about average on juice and insight. Count me among the mixed reviews on this. Glad it was a #BorrowNotBuy 🤷🏻‍♀️ #NFNov

Chelsea.Poole Just started this. I agree. The bragging 😣 3mo
RamsFan1963 I think I'll pass, I hate the humble brag. 3mo
Prairiegirl_reading He hates himself so much and still has a huge ego. It‘s bizarre. 3mo
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Cinfhen Great review!! The “humble brag” - exactly!!! 3mo
Ann_Reads Good review. I think I'll take a pass on this one too. I liked Friends back in the day but I'm not a fan of the wealthy person humble brag. 3mo
Hooked_on_books Based on the reviews I‘ve seen of this, I will for sure be passing on it. I‘ve always liked him and will hopefully preserve as much of that feeling as I can by not reading this. 3mo
BarbaraBB A humble brag! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I came to the same conclusion! 3mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole yeah it was pretty obnoxious. 🙄 3mo
Megabooks @Prairiegirl_reading it is! What you said 💯 nails it. 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks! This was a disappointment. 3mo
Megabooks @RamsFan1963 @Ann_Reads @Hooked_on_books I‘d 💯 be okay passing on this. I do like him a bit less, Holly, so that‘s a good call. 3mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB humble brag is such an interesting US phrase, but it does capture statements like the above really well! 3mo
Cinfhen I think a lot of the humble brag was his sarcastic humor but it just fell flat. It‘s a shame that his memoir had such a negative effect for so many of us, but I‘ve seen some really good reviews from others who felt differently. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
BarbaraBB We have a Dutch podcast about humble bragging, it‘s so funny! 3mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB cool!! What does it translate to in Dutch? (Like the words.) I always think it‘s cool learning a bit. 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen yeah, and him saying things like, I changed the way America talks, but I agree he fell flat this time. 🙁 3mo
BarbaraBB We use the English ones. So original 😂 3mo
kristina.weber I've seen a few people mention bragging, and I really didn't see it that way. He has a strength, and he recognizes it. He has a lot of faults, too, that he recognizes. I don't see a problem with him acknowledging that he's good at what he does. 3mo
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FantasyChick
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So I have mixed feelings. I felt this was a pretty raw and heartbreaking account of what addiction will do to you. I agree that there is a lot of jumping which causes a bit of a disconnect and drove me a bit nuts as well. I've seen a lot about how he comes off as entitled or boastful when talking about his money but that didn't bother me as I saw it as more him getting into his mindset of who he was at that time and not who he is now. ⬇️⬇️

FantasyChick I can see a younger, up and coming star on the verge of serious problems definitely having that "better than you" attitude so I wasn't really turned off by it. I think some of the revelations during his time as Chandler were interesting points I never noticed and the whole thing was quite eye opening. I did start feeling a bit bored part way through but I got back there towards the end. Thinking about a rewatch now that I know what I know. 3mo
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Bekkers
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Book #59 done for 2022. This was a very interesting read. It shows that no matter how much money you have addiction and depression do not care.

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Deblovestoread
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I admit that I shed a few tears at the end of listening to his story and was in a bit of a funk the rest of the evening. He has been through a harrowing time of addiction and alcoholism and is lucky to be alive. That said the book is disjointed and more than once I had to stop because I thought I missed something. I believe he wants his story to be helpful but I‘m not sure he reached that goal. I wanted more depth? vulnerability? It missed ⬇️

Deblovestoread the mark for me. 3mo
squirrelbrain I‘m going to give this one a go this week, despite the mixed reviews…. 3mo
Megabooks 💯 agree that it missed the mark 🙁 3mo
Deblovestoread @squirrelbrain I will be interested in your thoughts. I so wanted to love this book. 3mo
squirrelbrain I started it today on audio, but didn‘t get very far yet…I‘ll let you know! I have to say, my expectations have been lowered somewhat…. 😬 3mo
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Cinfhen
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So I binged this memoir over the course of a day and I‘m not really sure how I feel. I admire Matthew for sharing so many private moments, actions & feelings, as I believe he did so in order to help others who may be struggling but I‘m not sure he was completely in the right head space to be dispensing any kind of wisdom. This story is not told chronologically, so it reads as erratic, disjointed.👇🏽

Cinfhen I was confused with the timelines and couldn‘t always follow his journey. I blame his editor for missing the mark and ultimately doing Matthew a disservice.
I‘m truly amazed that he was able to deliver 10 seasons of Friends knowing now all that was going on during those years. Ultimately this is a sad story without a happy ending.
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squirrelbrain Interesting…! I think I‘ll still listen to it, although I just read a review in The Observer newspaper that said he comes across as a bit boastful about his wealth, and rather unlikeable in some places. 3mo
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Prairiegirl_reading I agree with you. And I honestly came out of this liking him a whole lot less. 😞 3mo
Cinfhen Yeah, me too @Prairiegirl_reading I feel bad saying that but I think the article in the Observer is correct @squirrelbrain he does present as boastful and not very remorseful. I know he uses humor to cover up his insecurities but his sarcasm fell flat. 3mo
jdiehr During the Diane Sawyer interview, whenever they read an excerpt from the book, I thought it sounded weird. Like the writing was somehow "off" 3mo
squirrelbrain Hmmm.. I may return this and choose something else. 🤔 3mo
merelybookish Haven't read it but saw his comment about Keanu Reeves which felt... unnecessary and resentful. (Although it was taken out of context so maybe makes more sense in the book.) 3mo
JenReadsAlot I'm about halfway done listening to it and completely agree with you so far! 3mo
deeannloso I plan on listening to the audiobook next month. 3mo
Cinfhen I thought the Keanu comment was Perry‘s attempt at humor and even in his delivery the “joke” fell flat @merelybookish Im not surprised the editor left it in though, it‘s getting tons of sound bites. And that‘s what they like…press. But it was totally unnecessary and I don‘t think it was meant to be taken as something serious. 3mo
Cinfhen Other than probably needing the $ @jdiehr @JenReadsAlot im not sure why he chose to tell his story now 🤷🏼‍♀️it left me feeling really sad. I‘ll be curious to hear your thoughts @deeannloso once you listen. 3mo
Cinfhen LMK what you decided @squirrelbrain I will say it‘s very bingy!! Once you start listening it‘s hard to stop. 3mo
britt_brooke Appreciate your honesty! I‘m waiting on this hold. 3mo
BarbaraBB Interesting thoughts. Sounds sad indeed. 3mo
deeannloso @Cinfhen I‘ll post my thoughts on it after I‘ve finished it. 😊 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks everyone!! I‘m always curious how others feel when reading the same book @britt_brooke @BarbaraBB @deeannloso 3mo
Megabooks Agree with most of this after finishing. 👍🏻😘😘 3mo
Cinfhen You know I‘m eagerly awaiting your review @Megabooks 🙌🏻 3mo
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Christine
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Listened to this despite not really intending to and thought it was a pretty great memoir. I was a standard-level Friends enthusiast based on my demographic (i.e., I really loved it), and I was satisfied with/charmed by how he covered that. I feel like he writes about his addiction struggles (and questionable life choices, directly related or not) thoughtfully and shares more than any onlooker deserves to know, but in a way that I hope might ⬇️

Christine help or encourage some. I‘ll be honest in that I don‘t think he comes off as super likable or even funny within these pages, but I also don‘t know that he was focused on being either. I still thought it was a compelling read and wish good things and continued recovery for him. (Re: the apparent Keanu controversy - I read that as a joke Perry was making, albeit not a funny one? I wasn't offended, even as a Keanu-appreciater. 🙂) (edited) 3mo
Reggie Yeah, he was fine until he said what he said about Keanu. And I‘m usually ok with the jokes. It just hit different. I look at puppy dog Keanu and wonder why he had to come for him. Lol idk. 3mo
Christine @Reggie LOL fair, as Keanu is the best! I did blanch at that but also just thought it was another of Perry‘s jokes falling flat for me. (And I‘m a general hater of insult humor.) And somehow it felt in line with the rest of the book, in which he was often unlikable to me. And yet I really enjoyed it overall! 🤣🤷‍♀️ (Also I haven‘t followed coverage of the Keanu thing…are they known mortal enemies?? Maybe more ill intent than I realized!) (edited) 3mo
Reggie I don‘t think he knows him. I think there‘s a lot of jealousy there. All I can think of Perry is 3 to Tango and Fools Rush in. Keanu, I could probably name you 30 of his movies. AND there is this Netflix movie with Ali Wong where Keanu plays himself making so much fun of himself you just love him even more. 3mo
Christine @Reggie I‘d buy that re: jealousy! And OMG yes I love Always Be My Maybe and Keanu‘s presence in it!!! (I‘m also obsessed with his role in the third Spongebob movie. 🤣 So good.) 3mo
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