Little did I realize back when he was enrolled in my Film and Literature class that Chris Casino had a novel in him! Sure, I knew he was an imaginative student whose interest in professional wrestling was matched only by his love for (among other things) classic horror films, The Princess Bride, and anything by Douglas Adams, but I had no idea that he was planning on mixing more than a few of these elements into his debut novel. Rough Ronnie and Peter follows the adventures of a young wrestling fan as he attempts to jump start the flagging career of his childhood hero, “Rough” Ronnie Liddell. Longtime wrestling fans will have no trouble at all identifying with the protagonist of this coming of age story; at the tender age of six, he vows not only to meet his hero, but to lead him to victory. Fast-forward a dozen or so years, and he’s living his dream: “Rough” Ronnie is down on his luck, and Peter takes it upon himself to resurrect the wrestler’s career. The escapades that follow are both comical and heartfelt. Distinctly more optimistic than Darren Aronofsky’s 2008 film, The Wrestler, Rough Ronnie and Peter is a testament to the author’s lifelong love of professional wrestling and his faith in the indomitable nature of the human spirit.