Sean Griswold’s Head
By Lindsey Leavitt
Publication date: March 1, 2011
Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, 288 pages
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.
— Goodreads.com description
How enjoyable is this book?!
Sean Griswold’s Head is one of those contemporary books that have issues, sure, but they are so easy-breezy to read. They don’t weigh on you – you look forward to picking them up, laughing a little, watching the main character mess up and then grow as a person. It’s just plain good stuff.
Payton’s reaction to her dad’s MS diagnosis was frustrating – she basically freaks and freezes him out – but I connected to that element of the story for some very personal reasons. Sean Griswold’s Head is a good book for any YA reader, but because it’s so light and non-preachy it’s particularly a must for any teens going through similar situations.
After this book and Going Vintage, I’m definitely a Lindsey Leavitt fan. Can’t wait to see what she’s up to next. Have you read either of her books? Did you feel the same? Let me know!