Review: The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

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.

The Impossible Fortress
Jason Rekulak
Young Adult Fiction
Simon and Schuster
February 7, 2017

A dazzling debut novel—at once a charming romance and a moving coming-of-age story—about what happens when a fourteen-year old boy pretends to seduce a girl to steal a copy of Playboy but then discovers she is his computer-loving soulmate.

Billy Marvin’s first love was a computer. Then he met Mary Zelinsky.

Do you remember your first love?

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.

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