In the year 1987 Playboy released a copy with scandalous photos of the famous Vanna White which became somewhat of a Holy Grail to young teenage boys. Fourteen year old Billy Marvin and his friends were no exception and the three boys vowed to do anything to get their hands on a copy of the magazine.
When their first attempts fail miserably Billy comes up with a plan to get close to Mary Zelinsky, the daughter of the owner of the store selling the coveted Playboy that the boys are desperate to get a copy of. But Billy didn’t plan on slowing falling for Mary as the two work together on a computer program that will hopefully win them a prize.
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak was an incredibly fun read that takes place in the 80’s. All throughout the book the author did a wonderful job of reminding readers of the current events and happenings during that decade which is always a favorite of mine. That alone makes it very hard for me to dislike a story when it’s bringing smiles of remembrance while reading.
I will say with the characters in this book I really enjoyed Billy and Mary and watching their relationship grow as they worked together. Billy’s other friends though seemed a bit more trouble than you would think this shy teen would have in his life. There was also one flaw with the whole plan that does eventually get mentioned but it had me questioning things for a while so that brought my rating down a bit.
Overall, a fun read set in the 80’s with plenty of reminders of that decade.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.