Title: Sean Griswold's Head
Author: Lindsey Leavitt
# Of Pages: 288
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 4 Hearts
According to her guidance counselor, fifteen-year old Payton Gritas needs a focus object-an item to concentrate her emotions one. It's supposed to be something inanimate, but Peyton 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 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.
When I read a rave review of this book on another book blog I thought it sounded really cute! However, I almost wrote it off as a no just because of the cover. I know your not supposed to judge a book by its cover but lets be honest, I still do. I can't help it! Anywho, I'm so glad I decided to get this book despite my dislike for its cover because I really enjoyed it!
Sean Griswold's Head is a quirky, cute, humorous, book about a girl, Payton Gritas, who used to have a different color highlighter for all the different types of literary devices. That is, until her dad is diagnosed with MS and suddenly she can't even find a pair of matching socks! Payton's parents make her go to the school guidance counselor after she finds out, her counselor tells her that she needs to choose a focus object that will help her to concentrate her emotions. Needless to say Payton chooses the back of Sean's head as her focus object. All of Lindsey's main characters are very unique and well rounded characters who are all easily liked, and connected with.
Most YA books center around romance and everything else comes in second. I really liked that this book was more centered on family and friendship but also had that romance aspect without drowning everything else out. So quit judging books by their cover and go pick this one up. You'll be glad you did!