The Impossible Fortress, Jason Rekulak

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher *

The Impossible Fortress, Jason Rekulak
Author: Jason Rekulak
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 304
Format: DRC
ISBN-10: 1501144413
ISBN-13: 9781501144417
Publisher: eBook | Hardcover | Audiobook

3 stars

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.
This was a fun read. The book is a trip down memory lane with coding on the Commodore 64, the music and movies that are discussed and there is a high Stand By Me level in the boys riding around town on their bikes. I loved the mix tape poetry!
Billy is 14 years old and smart though not really in those things school needs him to be smart in. He is a very thoughtful boy with a bit to much freedom on his hand for his age. I really enjoyed reading the adventures he had with his friends. Their conversations are often hilarious.
The story is told from Billy's perspective. I did miss other points of view. I would have loved to know more about Mary and what she was thinking. The two friends of Billy were hilarious too.
There is a lot of talk about coding but in dummy language so easy to follow for everyone. I loved the extra addition of the game being available on the authors website.
There are some fun plot twists and the book is really entertaining. If you are looking for a readathon read this is for sure a great pick.
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