The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It is 1987 and Billy is 14 and failing all his high school classes and only has two friends who are both misfits like him. The only thing he seems to be able to concentrate on is programming his Commodore 64 to make video games, and he has an obsession along side his friends to get a copy of Playboy because Vanna White is featured (from Wheel of Fortune).
As they make up more and more crazy plans to try and get their hands on the magazine, he finds himself friends with Mary who is much smarter and possibly more obsessed than him about programming. Together they form a team to try and win a computer programming competition.
The book reads like so many coming of age stories from the late 1980s, including nice local cops, the grumpy storeowner who is actually not such a bad guy, and boys being obsessed with girls and doing really stupid things to try and impress them. I found this a really enjoyable easy read and I think for anyone that grew up in this era, it has a certain nostalgia that gives you a nice warm feeling.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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