Take a trip back to 1987 and meet Billy Marvin. Billy’s got two friends, one mom, poor grades, and a computer. Billy’s life is far from perfect and he’s in danger of failing most of his classes, but if you’d ask him? He’s a pretty happy nerd. His days are spent hanging with his pals, watching tons of television, eating junk food, and programming video games on his prize possession: a Commodore 64 computer.
But when Billy Marvin’s friends strike up a plan to steal a Playboy from a local shop he meets Mary Zelinsky. And then falls in love. And everything changes.
Billy and Mary begin spending every afternoon together, creating a video game tour de force, while sharing and hiding secrets. Billy’s friends are getting deeper and deeper into their plans to steal that famed magazine. And none of these situations are going to end exactly like they (or you) expect it.
The Impossible Fortress is a trip back to adolescence complete with awkward conversations, big secrets worth hiding, and the fierce believe that nothing bad can ever really happen. Readers will fall in love with Billy Marvin and feel for Mary Zelinsky. They’ll laugh at his foolish misfit friends but also be surprised and how quickly plans unfold and life gets messy. Perfect for those who grew up in the 1980s and for those who enjoy quirky love stories, this debut novel by Jason Rekulak is a true gem.