REVIEW: The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

SYNOPSIS: The Impossible Fortress begins with a magazine…The year is 1987 and Playboy has just published scandalous photographs of Vanna White, from the popular TV game show Wheel of Fortune. For three teenage boys—Billy, Alf, and Clark—who are desperately uneducated in the ways of women, the magazine is somewhat of a Holy Grail: priceless beyond measure and impossible to attain. So, they hatch a plan to steal it.

The heist will be fraught with peril: a locked building, intrepid police officers, rusty fire escapes, leaps across rooftops, electronic alarm systems, and a hyperactive Shih Tzu named Arnold Schwarzenegger. Failed attempt after failed attempt leads them to a genius master plan—they’ll swipe the security code to Zelinsky’s convenience store by seducing the owner’s daughter, Mary Zelinsky. It becomes Billy’s mission to befriend her and get the information by any means necessary. But Mary isn’t your average teenage girl. She’s a computer loving, expert coder, already strides ahead of Billy in ability, with a wry sense of humor and a hidden, big heart. But what starts as a game to win Mary’s affection leaves Billy with a gut-wrenching choice: deceive the girl who may well be his first love or break a promise to his best friends.

GENRE: 80's Fiction, Borderline Young Adult/Adult

RATING: ★★★☆☆ / An entertaining 3 stars.

REVIEW: I love books set in the 80's. The fact that I was born mid-80's probably has something to do with it but I also really love the pop culture references, lack of cell phones and other easy communications, and burgeoning technologies. It speaks to my nerdy soul.

The Impossible Fortress was such a fun diversion. Sometimes I just want an entertaining and easy read and this book delivers. I think it will actually appeal to a wide range of readers. It lies somewhere in between adult fiction and young adult. I've actually seen in classified as both and Barnes and Noble has it displayed in the Adult Fiction section. Perhaps we don't need to assign it anything specific but for those curious few, that's where it lies, somewhere in between.

The premise is just hilarious. Three dorky and inept early teen boys want the latest Playboy and bumble through a number of idiot ideas to get their hands on it...just too funny. I can also see this book appealing to both guys and gals equally. I love finding an easy and fun book that both sexes can converse on with ease. And of course there's also a love story...because no one who has ever been even slightly educated by John Hughes and Nora Ephron would do a 1980's story without some sort of bumbling love story.

And the deception is everywhere! There is definitely more depth to this story than you initially think. It was great to fall deeper and deeper into this book. Like I said, it's a fun and diverting read, perfectly suited to entertain you in between heavier novels.

You can also play a version of the video game from the book on the author's website: ! How fun is that?!

And you can check out the Zelinsky Mix on Spotify: &

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