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..😩😩😩
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
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.
“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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. 😬
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.
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.
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
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 😂
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!
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.
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
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. ⬇️⬇️
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 ⬇️
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.👇🏽
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 ⬇️
*in best nazaly voice* OH MY GOD its Chandler Bing!
I quite enjoyed this memoir. Folks are apparently freaking out about his comment about Keanu but I could care less. It really felt like Matthew was talking about me. (Except for the alcohol...and the acting) This book is mainly about the big terrible thing and if you don't know already, that's addiction. I just celebrated my 5 year sobriety birthday, & I also quit smoking 3 years ago. ⬇⬇⬇
Ohhh super excited about these two biographies being published soon! 😯 👏
Will be pre ordering with my next audible credit! I‘m a huge huge friends fan. I literally watch the whole series and once it‘s finished start straight over again. I‘d love to know how many times I‘ve seen it 😂