Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing

Matthew Perry

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I knew this book was going to be/exceed 5 stars by the prologue. It did.

I mean c’mon, it’s Matthew FKN Perry.

His writing was profound and raw, but it also managed to make me laugh and I loved that. I devoured this; from cover to cover, I read something so beautiful and heartwrenching and hilarious; something intimate and personal and somehow super entertaining. It’s everything you’d expect Matthew Perry to be — quick-wit and humor blended into every page, even as he talks of his battle with addiction for 38 years. It’s completely authentic; wholly him.

I grew up in a home where F.R.I.E.N.D.S. has always been on. I can quote all 10 seasons worth of 257 episodes. Now I have such a deeper understanding of what the show meant for Perry. Now I know that Chandler Bing’s life reflected his real life, and that’s so … gripping. Chandler has been part of my life since I can remember. He’s been my ultimate comfort character and I’ve always loved him.

I knew I was going to love this book the same way I’ve loved Chandler. I knew it was going to be something so real and powerful, and it was. It was just so beautifully and unapologetically, him. There was just something so special in reading so much depth to a character and actor I’ve loved since I can literally recall. Needless to say, this book was everything — everything.

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