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Friday, February 9, 2018

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

This book was so much fun!  The Impossible Fortress is a tribute to the 1980s and Jason Rekulak does an incredible job of capturing the atmosphere of the times.  I really, really enjoyed this book.

While trying to find a way to get a copy of Playboy magazine featuring Vanna White, Billy Marvin and his friends venture in to the store of Mr. Zelinsky.  While there, Billy runs in to Mary Zelinsky, the shop owner's daughter.  She is in to computer games and programming as much as Billy is.  As they work on a new game for a big contest, their lives begin to take many twists and turn, some of which will take you by complete surprise.

This is a wonderful debut novel by Rekulak and I can't wait to see what he has for us in the future.  

From Amazon:

A love letter to the 1980s and to nerds everywhere—The Impossible Fortress will make you remember what it feels like to love someone—or something—for the first time.

Billy Marvin’s first love was his computer.

Then he met Mary Zelinsky.

Do you remember your first love?

It’s May 1987. Fourteen-year-old Billy Marvin of Wetbridge, New Jersey, is a nerd, but a decidedly happy nerd. Afternoons are spent with his buddies, watching copious amounts of television, gorging on Pop-Tarts, debating who would win in a brawl (Rocky Balboa or Freddy Krueger? Bruce Springsteen or Billy Joel? Magnum P.I. or T.J. Hooker?), and programming video games on his Commodore 64 late into the night. Then Playboy magazine publishes photos of their idol, Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White, Billy meets expert computer programmer Mary Zelinsky, and everything changes.

“A sweet and surprising story about young love” (A.V. Club), and a “quirky, endearing, full embrace of the late eighties” (USA TODAY), The Impossible Fortress will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you remember in exquisite detail what it feels like to love for the very first time. Heralded as one of the most anticipated novels of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, and, The Impossible Fortress is a surefire “unexpected retro delight” (Booklist, starred review).