The Impossible Fortress is absolutely adorable in all its geek-romance glory. Billy and his best friends, Alf and Clark, are obsessed with Vanna White. It’s 1987, and they need to get their hands on the new issue of Playboy magazine because it has naked pictures of America’s sweetheart. They hatch a plan that involves buttering up the store owner’s daughter, Mary. Billy is selected for that job, but maybe he doesn’t want to use Mary.
Mary is the only other person who’s interested in programming computer games like Billy is. And when she tells him about a computer game competition for students, run by Billy’s idol, he cannot resist teaming up with her to create a killer game, The Impossible Fortress. Under the cover of getting the alarm code from Mary, Billy begins spending all of his time with her.
The story is told from Billy’s point of view. I loved him instantly. I have a sort spot for geeks. Mary is smart and kind and dealing with an overprotective father. Her mother died a few years back, and her dad cannot help but continuing playing her mix tape every day in the store. I liked Mary and her dad right away as well.
This book was just plain cute. I read it very quickly. I wanted to see what would happen between Billy and Mary. Things didn’t quite go as planned. People were hurt. But ultimately it was a great book. Immediately after finishing the eARC, I reserved the audiobook from Overdrive, so my husband could read it as well. (He only listens to books.) It should be coming in soon, and I will listen to it again as well since it’s been a couple of months now since I read it.
If you’re into geeky romances, check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.
Rating: 4 Stars
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.