The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

This novel is pure enjoyment.  It doesn’t try to explore deep issues, it focuses on depicting the lives of a few 14-year-olds coming of age in the 1980s.  The inclusion of cultural detail is sometimes clunky but not heavy-handed.  The boys do pretty stupid things but, hey, they’re 14!  Treatment of female characters is refreshingly positive.

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