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A Coming-of-Age Flashback to the 80’s

The Impossible Fortress Although classified Adult General Fiction by the publisher, it’s actually a coming-of-age story that could easily be Young Adult. The narrator is a fourteen-year-old boy in 1987, and his “impossible fortress” is both his homemade computer game and a fourteen-year-old girl. Billy loves computer programming, he also loves TV’s Vanna White. When the latter appears on the cover of a Playboy magazine, Billy and his friends go to extremes getting copies.Their elaborate plan is to break into the local typewriter repair shop that also sells magazines. Billy makes friends with the owner’s daughter in an attempt to learn the shop’s security code, only to realize that she’s a whiz at computer programming and a kindred spirit. As their attraction grows, he’s faced with a moral dilemma, deliver the code to his pressuring buddies, or save his budding romance? For those who remember the 80s, Commodore 64s, or the “olden days” of early computer games, the author provides lots of authentic forays into popular music of the time and the awkwardness of early home computer technology. By telling us early on that Billy’s Impossible Fortress game didn’t win the competition, the author robs us of the tension from waiting to find out. Still, the book is enjoyable. Billy is a fun and believable narrator who will make you laugh.

~Rosemary Fifield (TopShelf Reviews)

Read more by this TopShelf Reviewer at Bella Reads & Reviews Books.