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Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,479 ratings  ·  198 reviews
"You are eighteen years old. You get up in front of a thousand people--your classmates, your friends, basically the people who make up your entire existence--and announce, 'I'm HIV positive.'"

Told entirely in sequential art, here is the story of the life-changing friendship between the author, a cartoonist from Long Island, and Pedro Zamora, an HIV-positive AIDS activist,
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 6th 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published January 1st 2000)
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Monica!
Friends, I have a terrible thing to admit to you.

Are you ready?

Are you braced for this?



I… have never seen Real World. Not a single episode. I realize this show is still ongoing, and while I do not in fact have a working television I could certainly watch it online, so there’s really no excuse for it. But nope, I am Real-World-less.

I certainly have not seen season three—around which the events of this graphic novel take place—due to the fact that we didn’t have cable and anyway I wouldn’t have
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Brendon Schrodinger
I know this looks like the cover to an after school special, and it is actually like an after school special. But don't judge me.

I first came across Judd's work with the hilarious "Barry Ween" series which I do adore (I should write reviews for them). But I did not enjoy his collection of "Frumpy the Clown", which was unfunny newspaper type strips. So I picked this up a few years ago with no idea what it was about.

Turns out it's an autobiographical comic on the author's relationship with his fri
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Jackie
A poignant, loving tribute to a friend whose courage and strength in dying was evident from day one. Judd Winick met Pedro Zamora on MTV's The Real World, a voyeuristic reality show which chronicled the lives of six roommates thrown together for six months. Pedro, HIV positive was Judd's roommate and eventually became a trusted friend along with another cast member, Pam Ling, a med student.

Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned is much more than words, it is part education, part mem
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Christine Jensen
Approximate Interest Level/Reading Level: Junior High/High School

Format: Graphic Novel

Awards: ALA Notable Books for Children (2001), ALA Best Books for Young Adults (2001), Robert F. Sibert Information Book Honor (2001)

Reliving the experience from MTVs Real World San Francisco, cartoonist and author Judd Winick relates of his experience living with and losing his friend Pedro Zamora, AIDS activist, to AIDS in graphic novel format.

I remember watching Pedro and Judd on the MTV Real World San Fran
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Samantha
This graphic novel, for upper junior high and high school students, is the emotional, educational story of Pedro Zamora. Winick describes his and Pedro’s childhood and the experiences that brought them to apply for the MTV show – The Real World. He talks about their fears about moving into the house as someone with HIV and someone with no real knowledge about the disease. For people who are not familiar with the real world, they may not understand the importance of the information about how sick ...more
Laura Noto
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Pedro and Me is a graphic novel for older readers in jr. high and high school. It is about the lives of Judd and Pedro. The book talked about their different childhoods and their shared experience in the Real World 3 house in San Francisco. Pedro was HIV positive and he spent his time educating others about HIV and prevention. He taught Judd a lot about HIV and his outlook on life. Even though Pedro knew that he was going to die, he still worked hard to educate others and he fell in love
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Justin
I remember watching Pedro Zamora on The Real World in real time, back when I was an impressionable teenager, and I think that has something to do with why I never felt particularly drawn to this book. I clearly remember Pedro’s time as a proto-celebrity of reality television, his mission of AIDS education in a time where it was still a new and frightening disease, and his untimely death. I read this book as part of a comic book club at a local high school, alongside teens who weren’t yet born wh ...more
Erik
MTV’s The Real World was barely on my radar back in the 90s. While The Real World: San Francisco was being filmed and broadcast starting in 1994, not only was I finishing up my BA at the UW, but I also jumped ship after graduating when I high-tailed it to Europe for several months. All before jump-starting my own reality back here in the States. (Ah, the memories.) So for this very reason, I never become a fan of The Real World – or any mid-90s TV show, for that matter. But now, fifteen years af ...more
L-Crystal Wlodek
Pedro and Me is a Sibert Honor book (2001) and is recommended for students ages 14 and up. This book is a cartoon memoir that tells the story of Pedro Zamora, a Cuban immigrant, aids educator, and star of MTV The Real World San Francisco. The author, who was Pedro’s roommate on the Real World, tells the story of their friendship, Pedro’s life, and the affect he had on many people around the world. This book is visually creative and appealing and serves as a vivid memorial of Pedro Zamora’s life. ...more
Lauren
MTV's The Real World: San Francisco is the only season I ever watched (with Pedro, Judd, et al). At the time, it was a great escape and yet I appreciated it for its ability to give us a glimpse into life's struggles much more realistically than what "reality tv" consists of today. I remember thinking back then about what an amazing guy Pedro Zamora must have been, and was touched early on by his story.

I am grateful to have learned more about him through this book. It's a candid look at friendsh
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Federiken Masters
Aug 14, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Prejuiciosos y demás
Recommended to Federiken by: Su fama
Un muy buen non-fiction comic pensado para conmover el corazón y educar la cabeza que logra con bastante éxito ambas cosas. Tanto la parte que cubre la amistad entre Pedro y el autor hasta las últimas horas de aquel como toda la historia de vida de ambos (más interesante en el caso de Pedro que en el de Judd) van siempre entre lo tierno, lo cotidiano y lo triste. Claro que (de nuevo especialmente en la historia de Pedro) hay ciertas escenas "históricas" contadas con ciertas limitaciones, se narr ...more
Ms. D
In the beginning, before The Hills and Jersey Shore, there was quality reality TV. (Seems like an oxymoron now.) For instance, The Real World, San Francisco. (And no, Sade, the show wasn't in black and white, but it did air before you were born, in 1994.) This graphic novel is written by one of the "seven strangers" on that show, about his roommate and friend Pedro Zamora. Pedro was an AIDS activist and educator who probably did more to raise awareness than anyone at his time or since. As Presid ...more
Hayley
This was the most inspiring book i have ever read. Pedro wasn't someone who was sick and felt bad for himself. He realized he was sick, and wanted to make a difference. I truly think we can all learn from him. When something goes wrong in our life we need to learn not to morn constantly. Instead think of the positives that can come out of it.Pedro did not only have aids, he educated about his aids. Letting people know the facts and the lies. Yes Aids is an illness, and usually does lead to death ...more
Evelio Zavala
Words can't describe how amazing this story is. Instead of a typical summary of his life, we get more than that, and it gives us more than we ever thought we would get. Pedro and Me is an excellent piece of work, with humor and drama mixing perfectlty, as it captures real life in its moment, by our author and artist, Judd, and he breathes life into this book, even with the outcome clear, you will still feel the pain for Pedro as if you really did meet and experience—which delievers us from a fir ...more
Haley Bisesi-adkins
This is only my second experience reading in the graphic novel genre so I don't have a lot of experience with it but I do have some. Although graphic novels are not my favorite types of books this story was very interesting. I do know about the Real World series on MTV and I did watch a few seasons but I did not watch this season. I enjoyed learning about these two characters. I think it was interesting to hear the back story on how they got selected for the show because I do know someone who wa ...more
Kellie Murphy
Wow. What to say about this book. So unexpected. I originally just decided to read this book because I was intrigued by the aspect of it taking place through MTV's reality tv show The Real World. I've watched a few seasons but I never got the chance to see that one, nor had I heard of Pedro's story.

After reading Ellen Hopkin's Crank, I wasn't sure I wanted to read another story on such an intense, taboo subject, but I'm glad I did. The syle that this story is written compared to Hopkin's is lik
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Kellie
This book has been on my wish list for as long as I've been keeping a book wish list. I finally checked it out from my library, and easily read it in one sitting.

The Real World: San Francisco was the first season of the MTV show that I actually watched from start to finish. I was watching as Judd and Pam and Pedro became friends, and Pedro and Sean fell in love. You really do feel like you know someone, even just a small part of them, when you watch them on a show like this. That's why I cried w
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Noah
A little simple in its telling, and a little message-oriented, but I still liked it. It made me cry (which isn't saying much, as I recently cried over an episode of Restaurant: Impossible); there's always something about a death that is written honestly in some way or another, where the characters face it and the author shares it. I suppose, for me, it helps me connect with the characters as well as myself, and there's a relief in connecting with something rather than avoiding it.
Stephanie Costa
I pretty much cried my way through this book. For fans of the 1993 San Francisco season of the Real World this is a sweet reminder of reality TV at its best. Not that we don't remember the awful moments, but you're not going to find them recounted here. Winick sticks to his purpose of keeping Pedro's light alive. It's a reminder that AIDS education is still important and a tribute to a wonderful friendship. An enjoyable and inspiring read from start to finish.
Stefanie
This was a re-read for me. I think I bought the book pretty soon after it was published so it must be 10 years or more since I read it the first time. I had forgotten most of the story and when I relocated some of our books last week I was pretty surprised I even owned it. Which says a lot about me and nothing about the quality of the book. Which is pretty good. It's a classic, combining pop culture and (recent) history. Just think about how much has changed in those 20 years since the story pla ...more
Kristen Kohle
I have to be honest, when I first heard we had to read a graphic novel I was not excited. However, I literally just read this book in less than two hours. At first it was hard to get used to, with all of the pictures and blurbs everywhere but I obviously got over that pretty quickly. Not only was the story heart warming and emotional, but it taught a few lessons that everyone should learn. It taught about acceptance of differences, friendship, love, and about HIV AIDS. When talking about HIV AID ...more
Kevin
If anyone ever tries to tell you that "funny books" can't be emotionally charged or make you break down and cry, kick them in the nethers and walk away. Then go read this.
jenjn79
A wonderful memorial to the life of Pedro Zamora, probably best know for his role on MTV's "Real World - San Francisco."

Love the show or hate it, this book tells a touching tale about how one man affected so many lives. Judd Winick did a wonderful job putting his experience with his castmate and friend onto paper.

Pedro was a good man who died too soon.
Sara Graffis
I was not sure what to expect out of a graphic novel or even if I would like the topic of Pedro and Me. However, I was so surprised how much I LOVED this book!

I originally chose this book because I use to watch the Real World on MTV. However, I did not watch this season, it still intrigued me. I had heard of Judd and Pedro before, but never knew the whole story about how they became such good friends while on the show.

I really liked how Judd wrote about how he got onto the show and his family b
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Kyleigh Hiser
Pedro and Me is a quick yet inspiring read that tugs at your heartstrings. The illustrations were phenomenal and accompanied the story well. The pictures added to the emotion of the characters and story even more so than the words. I was a little leery about reading a comic book, as I have never read a complete one before. I found that I really enjoyed the format and how the pictures spoke for themselves. They really helped to depict the feelings of the story. The book tells a unique story of fr ...more
Steve Wilson
I had never heard of Pedro Zamora before reading this nonfiction graphic novel. He was an amazing young man who was on MTV's Real World, and happened to be gay and living with HIV. The author's telling of how they met, and the deep friendship they developed really struck a chord with me. I have never known someone with HIV (as far as I know), but this book helped me see beyond stereotypes to understand that it is real people who live with (and often die from) this incurable virus. I highly recom ...more
Shoushan Arabian
Cried like a little girl towards the end. Didn't think a graphic novel could do that!
lucy by the sea
way better than it's nineties cover and american cheese factor make it look
Melissa
I checked this out because it kept coming up in my recommendations, but it wasn't until I got home and started reading that I realized it was about people from the Real World: San Fransisco. So then of course I watched the entire season of the Real World on hulu. Which was great and worth it and now I desperately miss overalls and scrunchies. The book itself was a really nice read. It manages to be both a touching memorial to a dear friend as well as a glimpse into a first-hand experience of the ...more
Emily Bradley
Talk about an easy read! I loved this book for so many reasons, I hope I can remember to say them all in this short review. First of all, this book is emotional and deep. HIV is a tough subject in society and this novel needed to be written to help open the eyes of people who are not well educated about HIV. Judd Winick is the definition of a true friend. He was there through it all and even after the passing of an amazing son, friend, brother, advocate, and all around amazing person, Pedro, Jud ...more
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Born February 12th, 1970 and raised on Long Island in New York, Judd began cartooning professionally at 16 with a single-paneled strip called Nuts & Bolts. This ran weekly through Anton Publications, a newspaper publisher that produced town papers in the Tri state area. He was paid 10 dollars a week.

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