Release Date: March 1, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
According to her guidance counselor, fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas needs a focus object—an item to concentrate her emotions on. It’s supposed to be something inanimate, but Payton decides to use the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold’s head. They’ve been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas—it’s an alphabetical order thing), but she’s never really known him.
The focus object is intended to help Payton deal with her father’s newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis. And it’s working. With the help of her boy-crazy best friend Jac, Payton starts stalking—er, focusing on—Sean Griswold . . . all of him! He’s cute, he shares her Seinfeld obsession (nobody else gets it!) and he may have a secret or two of his own.
In this sweet story of first love, Lindsey Leavitt seamlessly balances heartfelt family moments, spot-on sarcastic humor, and a budding young romance.
I knew I would love Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt just from reading the synopsis, but I didn’t know I would love it this much. It’s been a couple of days since I finished the book and Payton and especially Sean are still on my mind. I don’t remember the last time I read a book that was just genuinely funny and swoony at the same time. I was giggling over Payton’s antics one moment and gushing over Sean the next. It was the perfect combination to make sure that I stayed up late reading.
Payton is a little silly, maybe even a little eccentric, but she’s also broken. Within the first 10 pages of the book she finds out that her Dad has MS and the rest of her family have been keeping it from her for months. She can’t deal with this news at all, so she stops talking to her parents. She starts acting out a little. All of her reactions and emotions were totally relate-able. I think Payton was a fantastic protagonist. She was dealing (more like completely in denial) with her father’s illness, but the author still managed to make light hearted and entertaining! Her journal entries were the best! I even went back and read some of them later.
The other characters were wonderful too! Jac was completely obnoxious and annoying, but in a entertaining sort of way. To be honest, though, my most favorite thing about Sean Griswold’s Head was Sean Griswold. He was dreamy and….perfect. *sigh* The romance between them, while it had its ups and downs, was a breath of fresh air! There was no brooding and whining. Things unfolded for them realistically and they may just be one of my favorite fictional couples now!
Overall, I think you need to read Sean Griswold’s Head now! This is a story you won’t want to miss, from an author I will be reading more from!