I was drawn to the book being reviewed today, Rounding Third for 3 reasons: 1.) I’m a huge baseball fan. 2.) I’m pretty familiar with author Walter G. Meyer who is a fairly famous native of Western, PA (a suburb of Pittsburgh to be exact) in fiction circles and 3.) He’s a Penn State alum.
Meyer lives in Southern California but he didn’t always. His familial roots are near mine, we both attended “that school” (though he graduated from there and me from somewhere else) and, I dare say, we’re close in age. I’ve read some of his archived articles and such over the past several years and he pops up and comments from time to time on articles on sites that I frequent. He’s no stranger. I feel like I know him at least a little bit. I hadn’t read any of his books though so I wanted to rectify that.
Rounding Third is a book about first love. It’s set in high school between teen boys. It’s really not just a book for teens though. It’s a great story, period, that has received high marks and high praise from many adult reviewers.
Disclaimer: Be advised, there’s an intense abuse story line present in the book. Actually, it’s the crux of the story. This is not, in my humble opinion, for the under 13 set but it’s certainly recommended reading for those in high school and most certainly for young gay males and those that care about them.