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: 4.5
From 2,907 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)

A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK by Time, Associated Press, Goodreads, USA Today, and more!

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

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.


  • Such a raw and refreshingly honest book!

    By Roomie Commando
    What courage it took to let us all in and write such an honest book. I’m so sad he’s no longer with us to see how much he touched us all.
  • Not worth the read

    By karrgecko
    This book was not well written. Had a hard to trying to figure out where the writer was going with the story.
  • Very good read

    By brucewe
    Very heartfelt description of a dark, difficult time. Highly recommend! Sorry Matthew didn’t get to realize his dreams.
  • Great book

    By Jhasa16
    Beautiful read
  • Touching

    By ck122818
    For those who are familiar with addiction, this is spot on. It is a fair look at the mess it makes of a person, let alone a famous person, and opens up all the doors to the skeletons I. The closet. Well done, Matthew, well done.
  • Wow!!!

    By Arnies volunteer
    Matthew’s book was sooooo good….. very insightful… A must read for sure.
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By wytchipoo
    Honest, raw & heartbreaking account of the destructive cycle of addiction by a funny, loving & beautiful soul.
  • Honest, awful, and heartbreaking…

    By SharonCauthen
    Matthew doesn't pull any punches or try to pretty up his lifelong fight with addiction and all its horrendous ravages on his body, career, relationships and life. He fought until the end. I wish he were here fighting still.
  • So tough to read

    By SLProf
    This was a tough read. Good writer, hard story, but so compelling. Really revealing of what addiction can do to one’s life and those around them. The story is incredibly personal and Perry was so vulnerable. Laid it all on the table.
  • Greatest books by Matthew perry

    By babyboy11111111111
    The greatest book by Matthew perry I love this book everything In the book is true