When I began this story, my first impression was that my sides were going to be aching for days from laughing so hard at this hysterical trio of fourteen-year-old boys. Eavesdropping in on their inner thoughts and reading their conversations was immensely entertaining. But this story also pulled at my heartstrings in the most wonderful ways. I absolutely adored this book! I grew up in the 80’s, and this book is pure nostalgia. It’s a fast read, one that I devoured cover to cover in a single Saturday; but it’s sweet, funny, charming, and even a bit nerve-wracking at times. It’s Stand by Me meets The Wonder Years meets Can’t Buy Me Love.
When fourteen-year-old Billy and his hilarious and equally
After a couple of miserable (and comical) failed attempts at getting their hands on this magazine, a plan is made. Billy, computer whiz and coder extraordinaire, will get close to Mary, the daughter of Sal Zelinsky, owner of Zelinksy’s convenience store and seller of the coveted Playboy magazines. Mary is an expert computer coder just like Billy… actually even more skilled than Billy. She’s absolutely brilliant. The plan is for Billy to befriend Mary and find out the code for the store’s alarm. The three boys will then
It made my stomach hurt thinking of how many things could go wrong and worrying about poor Mary’s heart. I bounced from severe anxiety to laughing out loud to being overcome with warm and fuzzy feelings. I loved every line of computer code, every nod to the decade, the witty exchanges – and mostly, I adored the delightful characters that are so colorful and endearing (even though some of the things the boys say are not politically correct at all, I had to remind myself that it was true to the time period).
This is the kind of book you finish reading and want to pick up and read all over again. If you love the 80’s, coming-of-age stories, or just reading a fantastic story, then crank up the Hall & Oates and Phil Collins and read this book. The Impossible Fortress is impossible to put down.
A huge thank-you to Simon & Schuster for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.