Thursday, March 31, 2011
Title: Sean Griswold’s Head
Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Page Count: 288 pages
Book Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Picture from Amazon
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.
My Review: I absolutely love this cover. The chalkboard, his outfit and his hair all work excellently. It’s one of my favorite covers I have seen in awhile. Also, I’m glad that the narrator was not the person on the cover. Usually this isn’t the case for me, but it worked with this book.
Ever since I started seeing Sean Griswold’s Head around the blog world, I knew I wanted to read it. I was basing this on pretty much only the title and cover. Sometimes this can lead to disappointment, but this time I was not disappointed. I loved the simple and innocent relationship between Payton and Sean. Watching them develop their relationship was really cute. Sean just seems like such a nice boy. Sometimes I just wanted to shake Payton, but I understand where she was coming from.
Even though this a fairly emotional coming of age story, there are some pretty funny parts as well. When Payton retells the story about her first encounter with Grady the Goth I laughed out loud. Payton’s best friend, Jac, is also really funny. These bits of comic relief were nice to have throughout the story.
Also, this book kind of made me want to go ride a bike....which I never want to do. Lindsey Leavitt describes the feelings of riding a bike as so freeing. It was awesome!
Have you read this one? What were your thoughts?