Lindsey Leavitt Sean Griswold’s Head
274 pp Bloomsbury 2011 ISBN: 978-1-59990-498-6
Summary (From Goodreads): 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’ve been a lucky lady lately because I’ve been reading some awesome books back-to-back. Sean Griswold’s Head is funny, sweet, and touching. I haven’t read anything else by Lindsey Leavitt, but that is going to change now.
One of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much is because I can relate with Payton. When I was in college my dad found out he had leukemia. Fortunately, he’s been in remission for a few years and appears to be “cured”, but it was still incredibly difficult to deal with and understand. Like Payton, I couldn’t explain why I was angry and upset. Because I wasn’t at home for most of it, that made it a little easier to handle. I’m sure if I was at home, I would have acted like Payton did. Lindsey Leavitt did an excellent job writing Payton’s feelings and reactions to her dad having MS. It’s so easy to connect with and understand Payton.
The supporting characters in Sean Griswold’s Head are wonderful. Sean is adorable and the kind of guy I’d want my daughter (if I have a daughter some day) to date. He’s smart, sweet and the perfect amount of dorky. What’s not to like?! Payton’s best friend, Jac, made reading this story even more entertaining. I love the multiple nicknames she gives Payton like “Pumpkin” and “Gumdrop”. She’s simply delightful and a very good friend to Payton.
This is an endearing book that guys and girls will enjoy. Lindsey Leavitt is a talented author and I look forward to reading more of her books. I simply loved it! Strong characters, layered plot, and humor to boot. Make sure you read Sean Griswold’s Head!