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June 2017: Coming of Age > The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak -- 4 stars

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message 1: by Nicole R (last edited Jun 06, 2017 11:17AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Nicole R (drnicoler) | 7644 comments The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
4 stars

Billy, Clark, and Alf are best friends. They spend their time while not in 9th grade riding their bikes around town, playing video games, and pining over Vanna White, arguably the hottest woman in the world in 1987. They are determined to get their hands on the newest issue of Playboy, featuring Vanna, but to do so they have to enact an elaborate ploy.

Billy is assigned the task of getting them into the store after hours, but when is solemn task has him working every single day with Mary to develop a video game for a national competition, he soon becomes conflicted as to where is loyalties lie.

First of all, this was a really fun book. It was full of 80's references, crazy 9th grade boy humor, and quests that seem epic to young teenagers. The boys were oddly charming and the secondary characters were entertaining.

But, despite all of that, I almost knocked this book down to three stars for two reasons:

(view spoiler)

I ended up rounding up largely for the charming trio of 9th grade boys and the overall nostalgia of the book. I would recommend this for fans of Ready Player One with the caveat that it is not nearly as good!

message 2: by Joi (new) - rated it 3 stars

Joi (missjoious) | 3775 comments YESS. I felt the EXACT same way, and ended up knocking the book down to 3 stars because of your spoilers. Those things bothered me so much, I considered knocking it down to 2 stars- but the fun lighthearted-ness kept it at 3 for me.

message 3: by Amy (new)

Amy | 8177 comments Maybe my about to be ninth grade son would like it? Like I buy that for him in addition to bear town for September?

Nicole R (drnicoler) | 7644 comments Amy, I think that depends on the topics you want your 9th grade son to read about. You should read my spoiler. I would be hesitant to let me 9th grade son read it (if I had one). It is about young adults but I would not say it is written for them as a target audience.

Joi may have other thoughts.

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