My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure
By Shawn Decker
Shawn Decker was quite unlucky from the start, but he doesn’t really feel that way anymore. He was born with hemophilia, and because of this he got HIV, which leads to AIDS. Sounds a bit depressing, right? My Pet Virus clearly states the many obstacles Shawn had to face growing up in a world that didn’t understand his illness. He was even kicked out of school and his never-back-down mom made sure the community heard about it.
As Shawn got older and his illness progressed, he also met a ton of new friends and had a lot of opportunities come his way. He was able to meet Depeche Mode through the Make a Wish foundation, began writing an online blog, got a column in Poz magazine, and eventually met the love of his life, Gwenn. Meeting Gwenn opened up even more experiences for Shawn, allowing him to tour and share his story with others.
My Pet Virus is an interesting memoir that allows you to learn with a laugh. It’s honest, amusing, and a pretty quick read.
Review by: Lauren