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Rounding Third is the story of Rob Wardell, a seventeen-year old who feels like he doesn't quite fit in anywhere--not at home, not at school and not on the baseball field. The small, shy boy stays on the high school baseball team only to please his father since he knows he will never get to play. He’s living his life alone until he finds himself drawn into a friendship ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published September 28th 2009 by MaxM Ltd (first published June 1st 2009)
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Jason White
Feb 22, 2012 Jason White rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay
Loved this book! So much I finished it in two days. It's amazing what gay teens go through and I truly hope the world becomes more open and accepting. It really sickens me hearing of the religious bigots who try to cure their sons or daughters. The world needs more people like Rob's family, the baseball coach, Brittany, Jenny, and the rest of the students supporting Rob & Josh.

I talked to the author and he is working on a sequel that is close to being finished. He has a few chapters posted o
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Jim
Mar 01, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Difficult review to write.

To Explain, Firstly I loved this book from the start. A clever and thought provoking story with some great light hearted moments mixed with some extremely disturbing realities. Meyer tells the story of 2 lovable characters who are deeply in love with each other, however Josh comes from a family who is blinded by religion and Rob by his own prejudices and fears. Both work to overcome these challenges, however Josh is frequently distant with some obvious demons
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Brian
Feb 14, 2013 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One indicator of a fine novel is a set of characters that readers can connect with. Walter Meyer certainly succeeded in creating characters like that in Rounding Third. Rob Wardell and Josh Schlagel are the sympathetic, well-developed, realistic stars of this book, and their joy, sadness, and serious problems tug at the reader's heartstrings and worm their way into the reader's head.

In a number of ways, I found myself identifying with Rob. While I was never on the baseball team or even that into
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Judy
Oct 18, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars. A very depressing look at being gay in high school. This book has terrible bullying, horrifying physical violence, holier than thou parents preferring to destroy their child's and his siblings lives rather than loving them even if they are "different."

There are some bright and loving spots (the family that takes their gay son's lover in) and even a few hard truths about gays not wanting to be around others deemed to be "too gay" and falling out of love in a gay
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Lena Grey
Oct 04, 2011 Lena Grey rated it it was amazing
Once I began reading 'Rounding Third' I started to sing the song 'It Gets Better, Better, Better' to Bobby and Josh, since it seemed their lives just kept getting worse and worse and worse. I kept thinking, Where's the cavalry? Why don't these poor boys have more support during this insanity? Surely things have got to turn around soon! Finally, about midway through the book, help arrives. It may sound as if I didn't appreciate 'Rounding Third', but nothing could be further from the truth. I was ...more
wesley

I found myself clenching my fists, angry, all throughout the whole reading experience. I cannot seem to grasp the capability of man to harbor that much hate to last a lifetime and yet, there it is, slapped right in your face. I am just angry. No other word for it. Angry that these sort of things happen in the world right at this moment and here we are, doing nothing about it. I mean, sure, things have changed over time, but still to see bigots, ignorants, and bullies get what they want is depres

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Hans Hirschi
Jan 11, 2013 Hans Hirschi rated it really liked it
This book left med devastated and there was no way the ending made my landing any softer.

The hatred out there against LGBTQ kids (and adults for that matter) is still so strong and omnipresent that it had to be put into writing and Walter deserves credit for writing this story, no matter how painful it is to read.

Having said so, the book is very well written, very plausible and I was quickly drawn into the plot and read it in less than one day (I had to, I was feeling so depressed half-way throu
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Sheeraz
May 02, 2016 Sheeraz rated it it was amazing
This book gripped me, disturbed me, and sometimes made me wanna stop because I didn't want to know about some of the bad things that happen to the characters. But I guess it's the mark of the book's success to elicit those emotions. If you think homophobia, bullying, cruel/misguided parents are some of the things you can't stomach then maybe this isn't for you. However, if you are ready to be introduced to the reality of gay youths in some parts of the nation/world, I recommend you read it. ...more
Eric Brown
I'll remember it as a three star story.

The many baseball references and terminologies really threw me off. The midpoint of the book was fantastic but the ending was so abrupt that I thought I was missing some pages. I've been torn over this book since page one. But I feel comfortable leaving it with three stars.
Josh
Jan 08, 2016 Josh rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Not particulary sure who
I'm torn about this novel, which is why it only received 3 stars from me. It reminds me too much of the LGBTQ films of the 80s, meaning the gay characters only suffer from the minute the movie opens until the final moments before the credits. There's no happy ending, there's no peace, and there's no joy or a bright future for the characters. I wanted a book that transcends that message that you can only have a miserable life if you are an LGBTQ teen or adult. I realize this book has some great ...more
Laura Davis
Jun 11, 2012 Laura Davis rated it really liked it
Rounding Third is the story of Rob Wardell, a high school senior who feels he’s a misfit, no matter where he is: home, school, or baseball team. He’s suffered years of bullying from classmates and has done his best to make himself invisible to avoid further torment. As he develops a friendship with teammate, Josh Schlagel, a new student with a dark secret, Rob begins to outgrow his childish notions of what it means to be confident. He starts to understand that walking through one’s fear makes ...more
Nury
May 01, 2016 Nury rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, english, glbt, 4-stars, 0-2016
Ahora mismo siento como si hubiera corrido un maratón y me hubiera caído unas veinte veces en el transcurso. No tengo palabras suficientes para explicar el horror y la angustia que me ha hecho pasar Rounding Third, simplemente no puedo. Este tipo de cosas ocurren hoy en día y la idea me hace querer atravesar la pared con el puño. ¿Qué daño hace que dos personas se quieran? ¿Qué daño hace que dos personas en edad de consentir follen simplemente por el placer de hacerlo? ¿QUÉ? No me entra en la ...more
Rich
Apr 01, 2013 Rich rated it really liked it
Good book but not an easy read.
Lots of reviews kvetch about the ending and as a story goes or a movie it wasn't a great ending. But as real life endings go... it wasn't bad.
The book is a based on life story about two gay teens and their coming to terms with, and their families coming to terms with their being gay in a small town.
I don't want to spoil it, part of the good part of the book was discovering how people would react, but it wasn't an episode of GLEE at all.
If you like this sort of boo
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Trisha Harrington
The only reason I didn't like this is because it didn't have a happy ending. After everything that happened in this book, I wanted a happy ending. There wasn't here. And that's on me. I know this is YA and that not every couple lasts, etc... But I do like to know beforehand. As well as that, I need a happy ending (it doesn't have to be HEA, but happy!) and when there's not and I'm not warned it's hard.

I think this book will go down better with others, and I know there's a free sequel for anyone
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Danielle
Jul 06, 2016 Danielle rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Jon O
Feb 14, 2012 Jon O rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, teen
The book started like a fairy tale, about a boy falling for his crush and realizing that his interest was returned affectionately by his crush too. But within the happy tale, ugly secrets and disturbing events awaited. What we have here is a book that is written so well, it makes me grinned with happiness when the boys were happy, sad when the main character was in trouble and felt sick to the stomach when the ugliness revealed. A definitely must-read, and in my case, must-owned book. Simply ...more
Matt k
Jun 10, 2012 Matt k rated it it was amazing
Old review::NO NO NO NO. It's good until you figure out that rob is gay. I don't have a problem with that but I do have a problem reading what his sex life is like with his butt-buddy josh.


New Review:: You just have to get past one very descriptive scene, then it turns into a very very very good book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I even cried while reading it because bad things happen to Josh. You will just have to read it.
Dallison
Dec 09, 2012 Dallison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book did not have a HEA but it was a perfect end for me. Life does not alway have a happy ending and for these two young men, this was the best end for them. Maybe later on in life they may get back together, but Josh needed to move on to heal and Rob needed to move on to grow and live. GREAT YA BOOK.
Jessica
Mar 12, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
wanted to give it 5 stars but was just to disappointed in the ending. Wont say what happens, only that it was sudden and was not given enough time or real warning for me to be able to accept the ending without feeling let down and just unhappy. Felt blind sided after everything the characters went through.
Lucia
Feb 25, 2014 Lucia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, abuse
Based on true events, this a very sad book dealing with homophobia and the abuse a gay teen is subjected to by both his family and classmates. It's so sad that people can treat other human beings this way and that the adults who are supposed to protect them often times look the other way.

I wasn't crazy about the ending but definitely a page turner for me.
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Jason Luna
May 09, 2013 Jason Luna rated it it was amazing
Provides important insight into the kinds of emotional abuse that gay teenagers can be exposed to. I found myself rooting for the protagonists, Rob and Josh, as well as being appalled with the "small town politics" that are harassing them.

Pat Lathrop
Sep 01, 2015 Pat Lathrop rated it it was amazing
A touching, compelling and powerful story. At times horrifying and at times A tender love story. A good read for parents of LGBT teens.
RJ
Sep 17, 2014 RJ rated it really liked it
This is not a high school love story.

At first I thought it was but as the story progressed, it turned into something darker. It's a good read because of the thrill.
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