Book 3 of The Croy Cycle
Last year, Mally Jacobs was the weird kid in town, but that was before he spent the summer in New York City, witnessed the Stonewall riots, and kissed his first boyfriend. Now he’s back in Oklahoma, calling himself “Jake” and using his newfound basketball skills to impress his friends. Joanie Tibbits and Randy Edom helped him through his awkward sophomore year, when his feelings for other boys first emerged. But this year Joanie is busy writing editorials she hopes will guide their school through the first year of racial integration. And Randy starts pulling away from them both for reasons he won’t explain. Jake is torn. He feels he’s earned his new popularity, but hiding who he really is has a cost, and he isn’t the only one who will pay.
Set in the same Oklahoma town as If I Remember Him and Comfort Me, this third book in the cycle starts in the summer of 1969 and follows Jake and his friends as they mature and begin to find their place in the adult world. The setting and characters continue from the previous books, but Jacob’s Ladder stands alone as a complete story in its own right.