on 2 November 2000
This is written by a former MTV Real World cast member who lived with AIDS educator Pedro Zamora during his time on the show. This fact can put people off as it seems like Judd Winick used both his fame and the death of his roommate to make money. After reading the book, it is obvious that this is not true. Written, or rather drawn, like a comic book, 'Pedro and Me' tells the story of AIDS educator Pedro Zamora from the beginning of his time on The Real World until his death at the end of 1994, and also includes a little bit about his background and childhood. It shows what a person living and coping with AIDS and life as an AIDS educator and also manages to explore the myths and misinformation surrounding the subject. It is easy to read because of the way it is written, which makes it more entertaining and funny, which it is in parts. You also get to see illustrations of the story, whereas you wouldn't in a novel. It shows how much of a friend Pedro was to Judd Winick and how it affected him, as well as how he coped with Pedro's illness and death. He writes is honest and caring. This book may help anyone who is living with someone, or who has AIDs, and also may help anyone suffering the death of a loved one. It will also educate those who know little about AIDS. The story of Pedro Zamora's life is an inspirational one, and could probably not have been better told.
early in the 1990's aspiring writer/cartoonist judd winick appeared on mtv reality show the read world. this put a group of complete strangers together in a house for a while and cameras showed the world how they got on.
During his time on the show judd became friends with another resident called pedro zamora. Pedro was an HIV positive man who used his time to raise awarness of AIDS. The two became good friends and remained such after the show ended.
But Pedro being HIV positive meant he didn't have much longer to live.
This, told in the form of a graphic novel, is the story of Judd's friendship with pedro. A bit of background material fills us in on how judd got onto the show and the talks that Pedro would give to raise AIDS awareness, on what it was like to be on the show, on how Pedro's life slipped away. and on how judd took over the talks. to carry on his friend's legacy.
The art looks quite realistic but also has quite a cartoony style to it, and that goes together with the writing well. since it starts somewhat lighthearted but gets more serious as things go on.
Written from the heart this is one of the most emotional and beautiful things you'll ever read. It never lectures, it just shows you true friendship, and someone coping with a tragedy via positive actions.
A brilliant, beatiful, unforgettable read
on 13 October 2011
Quite simply an amazing book. I love the way Pedro's friend Judd used his cartooning skills to create a really heart-felt recollection of his time spent getting to know Pedro in the house. I read the book in one evening - I just couldn't put it down - and was in tears by the end. I think it pays great homage to Pedro, and was a very 'real', honest, congruent account. I'm so glad that Judd and his friends, as well as Pedro's friends and family, are carrying on all the work in HIV education which Pedro was so passionate about. RIP beautiful boy x