Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry
Audible Release: November 1, 2022
Listening Length: 8 hours 49 minutes
Narrator: Matthew Perry
KKECReads Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
KKECReads Rating for Performance: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
KKECReads Rating for Story: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I purchased this audiobook on Amazon, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Matthew Perry is a Canadian American actor, executive producer, and playwright.
“There’s howling in the Hollywood hills.”
Matthew Perry shares his brightest and darkest moments in his life so far. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows.
I was expecting this book to be hilarious. I figured Matthew Perry is a funny guy, so naturally, his memoir would have me crying from laughter. This is not that story.
It’s so much more than that. Shame on me for having that expectation. There is so much more to this man than just being the funny guy.
I found Matty’s honesty and vulnerability incredibly brave. He held nothing back as he told his story. He bares his scars for the world to see and bravely declares his struggles.
The first portion of the memoir seemed angry, but as I continued listening to Perry tell his story, I realized he was angry. But he is also incredibly passionate, and this is his public declaration of change and intention.
Perry makes it clear that being famous and wealthy doesn’t give you the perfect life. And he explains that explicitly. Money doesn’t buy or bring you happiness. Sure, money makes life easier… alleviates specific stresses in life.
And having money can allow you to seek help for addictions, but money doesn’t love you back. I appreciated the humor that was placed throughout this read. But mostly, I found the raw vulnerability beautiful.
Perry was not trying to paint himself as a martyr or hero. He admitted his faults repeatedly. He owned his misgivings, even when it was difficult. And that endeared this beautiful man to me. Also, I have never seen Perry and Batman in the same room- so.
Addiction is ugly. It’s hard, lonely, and something that feels impossible to overcome. My relationship with addiction is different from Matthew’s. I’m not an addict, but I’ve been on the other side of addiction. I’ve seen the struggles. I’ve witnessed multiple rehab attempts. I have seen what addiction can do to a family, and I’ve felt the sting of despair that only addiction can leave in its wake of destruction.
I see you, Matthew Perry. And you are more than alright. Coffee on me if you’re ever in NorCal. Maybe you can explain hockey to me… because despite going to college in North Dakota, which is basically Canada, I don’t get it.