Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt

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How did I get the book?   Bought it, recommended by Luisa Plaja

Genre: Contemporary

First Impression: Sounds adorable. 

Synopsis: According to her guidance counsellor, 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 humour, and a budding young romance.

200words (or less) review: The book starts with Payton buying an organizer and talking about her highlighting system. She comes home to walk in on her father with his pants down and her mother with a syringe in her hand.

Payton is sat down and learns that her father has MS and that everyone in her family knew apart from her. Scared and furious at being lied to Payton freezes out her parents which results in her visit to the school counsellor and The Focus Project.

Sean Griswold’s Head is a great idea and I read the whole thing in one setting. It’s really funny and there are some heart-breaking moments like Payton watching her father trying to play basketball. That said Payton did annoy me, I was in agreement with Jac, she didn’t really appreciate what she still had.

I thought Payton’s parents, her brother Trent and Jac were well thought out characters. Sean was nice enough, Grady was lost on me going from one extreme to the other. Though I did like Payton’s reactions to him, especially her recap of their first meeting.

Lindsey Leavitt has written a highly entertaining story that makes you laugh despite the seriousness of the subject.

Recommend it?


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