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The Impossible Fortress

By Jason Rekulak


285 pages

What’s it about? This coming of age story takes place in New Jersey in the 1980’s.  Billy Marvin lives with his single mom and enjoys hanging out with his buddies, watching T.V., and programming the Commodore 64 computer he keeps in his room.  When the new Playboy with Vanna White arrives on the shelves of the local store it causes a chain of events to occur that will change Billy forever. What did it make me think about? It made me think- “I am so glad I am not 14 anymore!”.  It also brought back lots of memories of the 1980’s.  The author really captures that time period. Should I read it? This is a good (not great- but good) story that will keep you entertained.  It is especially appealing if you remember the 1980’s- thinkDallas, Magnum P.I., Rocky,Saturday morning cartoons, Atari, Pac-Man etc. Quote- “There are plenty of things a teenage boy doesn’t tell his mother.  As we get older, there are more and more things we hold back. Things too hard to say or too embarrassing to explain.  We do this to protect our mothers as much as ourselves, because let’s face it- most of our thoughts are truly unthinkable.”

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