Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) A Shot at Normal
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) A Shot at Normal

A Shot at Normal

By Marisa Reichardt

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Publication Date: February 16, 2021

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Ages 12 to 18

A timely young adult novel about a teenage girl who sues her anti-vaccination parents after she contracts a disease that incurs devastating consequences.

Marisa Reichardt's A Shot at Normal is a powerful and timely novel about justice, agency, family, and taking your shot, even when it seems impossible.

Dr. Villapando told me to get a good attorney. He wasn't serious. But I am. I'm going to sue my parents.

Juniper Jade's parents are hippies. They didn’t attend the first Woodstock, but they were there for the second one. The Jade family lives an all-organic homeschool lifestyle that means no plastics, no cell phones, and no vaccines. It isn’t exactly normal, but it’s the only thing Juniper has ever known. She doesn’t agree with her parents on everything, but she knows that to be in this family, you've got to stick to the rules. That is, until the unthinkable happens.

Juniper contracts the measles and unknowingly passes the disease along, with tragic consequences. She is shell-shocked. Juniper knows she is responsible and feels simultaneously helpless and furious at her parents, and herself.

Now, with the help of Nico, the boy who works at the library and loves movies and may just be more than a friend, Juniper comes to a decision: she is going to get vaccinated. Her parents refuse so Juniper arms herself with a lawyer and prepares for battle. But is waging war for her autonomy worth losing her family? How much is Juniper willing to risk for a shot at normal?

About the Author

Marisa Reichardt lives in Southern California with her family. Underwater was her debut novel. marisareichardt.com

Format: Hardcover with dust jacket

Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Publication Date: February 16, 2021

ISBN: 9780374380953

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