North Wagoner is fifteen and full of fire. This summer on Glass Lake with her cousin is going to be her best -- full of fast cars, cute boys, and maybe even a first kiss. But she is soon beset by doubts when her cousin's romantic adventures bring dire consequences, and Aunt Joan swallows pills that keep her oddly distant. Worst of all, her uncle cajoles and coerces her to do things she doesn't want to do. If this is womanhood, she fears she may never acquire the grace and assurance -- a degree of dignity worthy of Jackie herself -- that it will take to handle the pain...
With a unique blend of lyricism, starkness, and period nostalgia, Oh, Jackie reminds us of the magic and charm of Camelot, the popular songs on the radio, the excitement of first love and fast cars, and the fear behind boundaries that should never be crossed.