May 08, 2011

Book Review #18: Sean Griswold's Head

Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey LeavittTitle: Sean Griswold's Head.
Author: Lindsey Leavitt.
Format: ARC.
Publisher: Bloomsbury.
Publish Date: March 1, 2011.

"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."

Book Cover: 4/5
The cover is just really cute, and it makes me what to see the front of his head! (Gahhh) But I also love how the chalk board has the circle chart, which Payton drew in one of her Focus Journals, and the little stick figure with his bike:D


My favorite has to be....Sean! His so sweet, and caring. When he first found out that Payton was keeping journals about him, he figured he was just a play toy; being used by her and her councilor. When Sean knows the truth, he just laughs it off. Sean understands everything Payton's going through, and his very considerate of that. Throughout the story he even helps her train so she can compete in a bike marathon for her dad's MS.

I'm glad to say that in this book I didn't really hate anybody. Yes I wanted to smack Jac (Payton's best friend) many times throughout the story. But she was just doing all of these (very) annoying things from the kindness of her heart. Jac just wanted to help Payton, but she was just a bit too pushy for me.

Storyline: 5/5
Being a freshmen in high school,and playing basketball, Payton's only worries were her grades. She has a best friend that can be annoying, but she loves her anyways. When Payton's mom tells her that, her dad as MS, shes devastated. Mainly because he has this disease, but also because her entire family has kept this a huge secret from her for the last 6 months!
After not speaking with her parents for a little over two weeks, her mom decides to send her to Payton's school councilor. The council (Ms. Callahan), suggested that she should find a focus object, something to get her mind off things that are going on at home (which just happens to be Sean Griswold's head!).
When Jac pushes Payton into talking to Sean, she soon feels this connection, always wanting to be around him, and wanting to talk to him even more. Building up the courage, Payton asks if he wants to go bike riding sometime, and he kindly agrees.Their relationship goes a lot farther and through a little bit of hardship, but to find out how it ends you'll just have to read it yourself(;

Ending Opinion: 5/5
They both have great chemistry, which kept made me really want to read more; before I knew it I ran out of pages:/


  1. I really need to read this book! I've had it for a couple of months and have heard only good things, but haven't had the time to get around to it yet. I hope I can change that soon because Sean Griswold's Head really sounds like a book to love.

  2. I keep seeing this one mentioned, and it sounds like I really need to read this book. Wonderful review!

  3. Loving the title and it sounds like a really cool concept for a book! Enjoyed your review a lot - thanks!

  4. I just recently finished this book and I loooooved it. Cute and quirky, but also with serious moments. Sean was such a sweetheart - always understanding of what Payton was going through. Fantastic review! :)


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