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, Josh Schlagel. The two boys hit it off instantly; maybe it’s because Josh isn’t exactly welcomed by the team either. But as Rob and Josh grow closer and start spending more time together away from the field, Rob realizes this his friend is hiding something. The bruises on Josh’s body and his reluctance to let Rob know about certain parts of his life have Rob suspicious. When Josh’s secrets are finally revealed and become life threatening, Rob and his family must step up to the plate.
I just finished reading Rounding Third. Thank you for sharing your powerful book with me. It clearly describes what young gay men experience in any school around the country, even today. The detail, the horror, the reality, along with the resilience and the loving intentions of good people create a story that touches the heart, eliciting many emotions. This is an important contribution to the understanding of the lives of our young LGBT people. Thank you for pulling no punches. I hope PFLAG and youth support organizations pick this up. -- Ronni Sanlo, Author of "The Purple Golf Cart" and who helped found numerous LGBT Centers at universities across the US "Walter Meyer has written a moving and powerful story of intense love between two young jocks. Rounding Third is a page turner and I couldn't put it down once I started reading. You find yourself deeply caring for the fate of the characters and moved by their struggle to find themselves and each other. A unique, well written and wonderful novel." - David Mixner, author of “Stranger Among Friends” WOW. This book took me back 25 years to when I was the age of these characters 16 to 18. I don't want to give anything away but I will say it captured all the emotions, thoughts, dreams, that I went through. It is a timeless story about love. Ahhh first loves. Anyone who was a teen or is a teen now needs to read this book. It was close to reading my own story. It really brought back the emotions I felt with my first love. I am still not over it to this day. - James Robinson "I started reading Rounding Third yesterday and got to chapter 35 and woke up this morning just having to pick up and continue reading. I'm so hooked! Your writing makes you feel like you are right there and like me, I'm sure many people can relate in some way. I can't wait to finish the book tonight. Thanks for such great work and letting me 'hang out with Rob and Josh' for awhile. Seriously, this story needs to be made into a movie." - Justin Sanchez The first time I read this book, I finished it in a matter of days (and it would have been sooner had it not been for life's other callings). Meyer's gift for storytelling and his attention to detail immediately pull the reader into the world that is Rounding Third; his vibrant and precise writing brings the characters to life. As such, the characters in this story are very relatable. The second time I read this book, it took me a little longer because I read it more carefully. As a sociology instructor, I can see myself using this book in a course to explore issues of masculinity, sexuality, and family structure among others. Rounding Third is an unfortunate timeless story in many regards. This book is important because it brings to light the untold experiences of many adolescents in the U.S. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read, and to anyone interested in issues of masculinity and sexuality. - R. Pacheco-McEvoy