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Rounding Third (Rounding Third #1.0)

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Rob Wardell is 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 with the team's new star pitcher ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published June 29th 2009 by MaxM Ltd (first published June 1st 2009)
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Jason White
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
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
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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Stephen Byron
A book that needs to be read; it was like I was stepping back in time as I put my self in bobbies place.This book is most enjoyable I was biting my fingernails waiting for any good luck to happen to the main characters of the book; well it did but it happened near the middle of the book. Just read the book and you will find it is a delightful written book with patches of suspense.
Hans Hirschi
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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Jon O
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 goo ...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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Brian
I sat down thinking I liked this book, that my only problems with the book had to do with a timeline that jumped randomly and a few times when I felt I had skipped a page or paragraph because what I had just read wasn't connecting with what I was now reading.

But then I started to think about what else bothered me. The first thing would be the book description is too vague for the traumas recounted. And small things that make no sense, such as a back and torso covered in bruises and welts one day
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Lena Grey
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
Laura Davis
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 th ...more
Jessica
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
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.
Rich
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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Matt k
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
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.
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Jason Luna
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.

RJ
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.
Sara
The ending was so cruel, made me hate Rob so much. Poor Josh he really deserved a HEA.
Jane
Definitely not the story I was expecting.
Jen Wilson
This is a very emotional book.
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