A touching, eye-opening, and fascinating memoir.
The captivating account of renowned actor Matthew Perry follows him on his path from early aspiration to success to addiction and rehabilitation in the wake of a serious health crisis. Before the frequent hospital visits and stays in rehab, there was Matthew, age five, who traveled from Montreal to Los Angeles to move between his separated parents; Matthew, age fourteen, who was a nationally ranked tennis star in Canada; Matthew, age 24, who landed a sought-after role as a lead cast member on the buzzed-about pilot at the time called Friends Like Us; and so much more.
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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 of him that could not be filled even by the fulfillment of his greatest dreams in an extraordinary story that only he could tell—and in the heartfelt, hilarious, and warmly familiar way only he could tell it.
“This open, humorous, and enlightening book takes us behind the scenes of the iconic sitcom and into his battle with addiction while also delivering a potent message of hope and perseverance.”
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But he also talks about how his sobriety brought him calm and how he feels about Friends’ pervasiveness, as well as tales about his castmates and other celebrities he encountered along the road. Perry passionately describes his lifetime fight with addiction and what drove it despite appearing to have it all in this honest, self-aware, and humorous book.
Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing (2022) by Matthew PerryDune (2007) By: Glennon Doyle
by The Book Guide® Editors4.7/5 Very good