The Impossible Fortress

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Jason Rekulak with The Impossible Fortress.

by Jason Rekulak

Quick take

When you’re trapped in the prison of adolescence, you only want to break out, like the hero of an old Atari game.

Why I love it

Being a 14 year-old, for lack of a better word, sucks. Everything seems to be changing around you and inside you. You have to worry about your future for the first time; suddenly every grade matters (even P.E.!), and everyone seems to have a test for you nearly every day, school-related or not. And then you somehow have to navigate the newly complex social circles of high school, dodging bullies a...

Member thoughts

46% Love
46% Like
5% Dislike
  • Jill R.

    Woodbury, MN

    "A quick read that brought back fond memories of my 80s childhood. Also brought back memories of how mean boys can be towards girls who are overweight. "

  • Stacy G.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "I am a child of the 80's and loved all the references. Loved the cute relationship/first love. A quick and fun read, with a bit of substance."

  • Dannielle H.

    Renton, WA

    "Loved the time period of this book and all the references, highly recommend"

  • Rebecca H.

    San Francisco, CA

    "As someone who grew up in the 80's, I loved all the references. Quick and fun read, definitely recommend. "

  • Amber B.

    Los Alamos, NM

    "This was a quick, fun read. While it won't provoke deep thought or blow your mind, it will amuse and entertain you. I blew threw this really quickly!"

  • Kaytee C.

    Rio Rancho, NM

    " nostalgic and nerdy and just plain fun. A quick read that I enjoyed every minute of!"

  • Joslyn H.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "so sweet"

  • Kristin M.

    Long Beach, CA

    "Super cute story with enough geeky 1980's references to keep all nerds happy. "


    Grand Rapids, MI

    "Definitely made me think of my childhood. Funny, and very good read. "

  • Dawn G.

    Brownsburg, IN

    "This book would make a great coming of age movie! "

  • Troy B.

    Hagerstown, MD

    "Hilarious and adventurous, I loved it!"