Sean Griswold's Head

Sean Griswold's Head

by Lindsey Leavitt

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ISBN-13: 9781599905686
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Lindsey Leavitt is a former elementary school teacher and present-day writer/mom to three (mostly) adorable little girls. She is married to her high school lab partner and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is also the author of the Princess for Hire series. www.lindseyleavitt.com


LINDSEY LEAVITT is a former elementary school teacher and present-day writer/mom to three (mostly) adorable little girls. She is married to her high-school lab partner and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is also the author of Sean Griswold's Head, Going Vintage, and the Princess for Hire series.
www.lindseyleavitt.com

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Sean Griswold's Head 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
After reading Lindsey Leavitt's bubbly and sparkly Princess for Hire last year, I was eager to read more by her. Thankfully enough Sean Griswold's Head is the perfect sophomore attempt by her, because not only is it sweet and adorable, but it has just the perfect amount of realism to have any fan of contemporary YA begging for more. Sean Griswold's Head tells the story of Payton Gritas, the star student, friend, and basketball player- she truly is the girl who manages to have it all together repeatedly. That is until she finds out not only that her dad has MS, a crippling and scary disease, but her family has been hiding it from her for the past six months. Payton does not know what to do. Should she be mad at her family for hiding it from her and pretending everything was normal, or should she just go back to living her normal life? Payton picks the first, and after a few weeks of silence to both her parents and brothers, she ends up in the guidance consoler's office, forced to pick a focus object to focus her emotions on. Surprisingly enough, she picks Sean Griswold, or more exactly his head, but as she begins to learn more about Sean, the more she wants to know him, and with the help of her best friend, Sean and she end up being sort-of-friends and maybe even more... However, what happens when Sean learns about her focus object? Will she loose him once and for all? In addition, why is her best friend acting so strangely lately? Better yet, will she ever mend her problems with her family? Only time and more pages will tell in this fun, fast-paced tale of one girl's path to growing up and dealing with life's many problems and complications. One of the things I always love most about Lindsey Leavitt's books is that she always has such fun and relatable main characters, and Payton Gritas was no different of course. Payton is a girl who I clicked with automatically, as I am sure many others will, because not only is Payton bubbly and witty but most importantly she is real. For one, her feelings and confusion over her dad's disease will ring true to anyone who has ever been through a similar situation, and secondly, her attempts at first love will have readers laughing as well as reminiscing about why they did to get their first boyfriend. Adding to this, I enjoyed the detail Lindsey put in the relationships between not only Payton and Sean but also Payton and her father because both added yet another fantastic touch of realism to the story. Another aspect I adored about this book was the premise and thankfully enough the execution of the idea was even better. I loved the idea of a focus object because it leads to so many great moments involving Sean and Payton as well as biking surprisingly enough. Better yet, Sean Griswold's Head even surprised me at times with several twists and turns the story took. Lastly, Lindsey Leavitt's writing improved greatly in this book because not only did she create such a well-spun story, but also her characters managed to jump of the page and come to life within the first chapter and throughout the rest of the book. Full of wit, fun, and aw-worthy moments, Sean Griswold's Head as well as its author are sure to become new favorites among readers of YA fiction! Grade: B+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from start to finish! Both characters are so likeable and realistic. I luved the end and the bike ride with her, sean, her friend, and his cousin and friend. Totaly recomend this book to anyone!
Angelic_Demon More than 1 year ago
this booknwas amazing! it was so good i loved it. 5 stars easy. on a scale of 1-10 this book is a 100000! i would recomend this to anyone sho likes romance, angst, or even crazy best friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her books, and i cant wait to read the last in the princess for hire books. A+ lindasy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book. I would recommend it for any teenage girl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book looks sweet. I love the cover. I think it looks so romantic. Theres all of these books with images of people kissing, but i like this one because he is just kissing her forehead and it looks so sweet. The title is funny. It really caught my eye.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Firstly though, the loved the premise, realizing you've spent years looking at the back of someone's head and never really thought about them, or who they were as a person, was pretty good, because it's happened to all of us. I found, I didn't relate to Payton's character that well, though that does not mean in any way her character is not well written, I know people like her. I think I got a little too frustrated by Peyton's inability to deal with some of her feelings. Though, I really liked how, when she saw some of her Father's weaknesses, she had dark, unkind feelings, and was left wondering, what kind of monster am I? Because I've definitely had those traitorous feelings in similar situations, and it's not something that's explored that often. The character of Sean seemed a little too "nice-guy" or rather he was a lot more mature then a lot of guys I encountered when I was a teenager. Even the nice ones. I read that the author is a teacher, and I think that shows through, in that she seemed to be able to get into the mind of a teenager, and some of the drama and issues that they have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! It was funny all the way through. I loved paytons friendship between her and jac. And her relationship with sean is really cute and her dad was really sweet too. I sorta wanted to ring the main charcters neck sometimes, but it was perfect for the story. Hope anyone who buys this book enjoys it :-)
JamesterCK More than 1 year ago
For the most part, I really enjoyed the characters. Payton was very witty and entertaining and her interactions with her best friend, Jac, were often amusing. My favorite part was reading Payton's "focus object assignments" regarding Sean Griswold's head. At the beginning she knew nothing about him, despite having went to school with him since they were very young, so those entries in her notebook were literally about what his head looked like (since that's all she really ever saw). Then, as she became more involved in her assignment, she began wanting to know more about the boy that has always sat in front of her, other than the color of his hair and that he smells nice, and so her notebook entries change but are still equally interesting. I did get annoyed with Payton on occasion, for how she acted towards her family. I understand why she was upset (you'll just have to read it to find out why!) and that she was having trouble coping with seeing her father's health deteriorate, but it irked me how she treated both of her parents. He was the one that was actually living with the disease and he was having to deal with constant hostility from her. Her friend Jac was also annoying at times due to her extreme personality. She liked to force Payton into doing things she didn't necessarily want to do, and usually just ended up doing whatever she wanted to do, despite anyone else's thoughts. My favorite character by far was Sean. He was so laid back and down-to-earth, very easy to connect with. He ended up being very sensible as well and the voice of reason for Payton at times. I think he balanced her out really well and that's why they were perfect for each other. I loved the interactions between Sean and Payton.They just seemed to "get" each other right away and had a lot in common. I think it's awesome that out of something tragic like her father's disease, she was able to find love, and through that was able to heal herself. The plot was definitely refreshing, it was nice to read something that didn't give me a serious case of deja vu. The use of the journal entries and the unique way she ended up falling in love was all very different and I enjoyed reading about it! Overall, this was a fantastic read. There was a lot of depth to the story, with Payton having to deal with many different issues and it was exciting to see how she was able to grow and heal throughout the book. While I did have a few issues with the characters and the ending, I'm glad I had the chance to read this book and would recommend that everyone check it out!
YA-Fanatic More than 1 year ago
heartwarming and heartwrenching. This is the freshest, funniest contemporary YA novel I've read in a long time. Clean enough to share with older tweens. Highly Recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is sooo cute. He is soo nice and funny and not so perfect, but that's what I like about him.
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
 Payton Gritas needs a focus object.  So, she decides to go with something that has always been right in front of her, Sean Griswold's head (in alphabetical order, Griswold has always come after Gritas.) See, Payton used to have everything together, that is until her dad was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.    Payton is a great character and so is Sean.  The chemistry that the two have together is wonderful, and the story is well written and enjoyable. This was one that I really enjoyed and I'm looking forward to reading more by Lindsey Leavitt. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was soooooo good i totally fell in love with Sean he was super cool but also a closet nerd i though it was hilarious how he knew the episode number to seinfield i also laughed at the PFEs and the guidence counslor i cracked up through out the entire book i have a best friend who is exactly like Jac i highly recomend this book for 12 and older or whatever i think this is an amaazing story i think every girl who reads this will eenjoy it in thier own way btw i thought the ending was a little rush oh yeah and i cracked up when payton mention Grady the first time when he nibbled on her shoulder i swear i could not stop laughing i got a kick out of this book i highly reccomend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it for a pre teen or older? Please respond to booklover
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a delightful book. It had it all. Everything from family conflict and drama, to friendship and first love. Leavitt is a wonderful new voice in YA contemporary. She handles a sensitive topic with humor and compassion. I felt Payton's pain, as well as her parents. And I think I now have a bit of a crush on Sean. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poignant, quirky and funny, this is a beautiful book about everyday people. The characters stayed with me long after I finished, and I loved Payton's neurotic notes.
readingdate on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Sean Griswold¿s Head we meet fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas, an over-achieving and obsessively organized high school student. Her world comes crashing down when she finds out her dad has MS, and what¿s even worse is her family has kept his diagnosis a secret for months. She takes out her hurt feelings and fear on those she loves most: her parents. The school guidance counselor wants to help. She assigns Payton a focus object project to focus her energy on something not related to her dad¿s MS. Payton decides classmate Sean Griswold¿s head will be her focus object. Due to an alphabetical seating chart Payton has sat behind Sean since third grade. Payton¿s best friend Jac gets in the act and encourages her to do more sleuthing to study more than just the back of his head. Once she starts writing about him, she begins to take notice of the nice guy who has been under her nose this whole time. They share more in common than she could have ever imagined. What happens when her school project turns into something more?This is a really sweet, heart-warming book. I had a feeling I would love it when I read the premise and I wasn¿t disappointed. The book explores realistic issues readers will relate to such as managing relationships, coping skills and school and home challenges. The main character Payton is charming in her imperfection. It¿s refreshing to have an athletic, quirky and high achieving main character. It¿s interesting to read how she handles life¿s obstacles after having such an organized life.Jac is Payton¿s over-bearing but well-meaning best friend. She¿s boy crazy and has a tendency to meddle, especially where Sean is concerned. Sean Griswold is the perfect guy for Payton. He¿s smart, considerate, involved with charities, and he¿s training for a triathlon. He¿s even as obsessed with the show Seinfeld as Payton is. He¿s friendly with Grady the Goth who has had very bizarre interactions with Payton in the halls. Payton¿s parents and brothers also play prominent roles in the book. Payton¿s response to her family crisis is frustrating yet realistic and it is interesting to see their family dynamic as they try to address their issues. All of the characters are multi-layered and fascinating in their roles.Sean Griswold¿s Head is a real treat and standout in the young adult contemporary genre. It¿s a sweet, funny and sharply written book that will tug at your heartstrings. Looking forward to reading more books by Lindsey Leavitt.
BookSwarm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have another novel to add to my 2011 Favorites list: SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD. Lindsey Leavitt has a pitch-perfect teen voice in this funny, dramatic, sad, and completely awesome novel.Uber-organized Payton Gritas's world falls apart the day she finds out her father has multiple sclerosis -- and that her entire family's known about it for the past six months but didn't tell her. To deal with it, she turns inward, unwilling to speak to anyone in her family about it and dealing with her anger in the only way she knows how. Her grades drop. The fabulous Executive Organizer (genuine leather!) sits unused. Her room goes from "anal-retentive neat freak" to "atomic bomb dropped here".Her parents are desperate. If she isn't going to talk to them, she needs to talk to someone and that someone is the school guidance counselor, who suggests that she choose a focus object on which she can concentrate on and write about. The theory is that she'll eventually be able to work her way up to talking about her father's illness (as well as why her family didn't tell her about it right away, though that part's secondary). After brainstorming using a web, she chooses Sean Griswold's head, which has been in front of her (yay for alphabetical seating) for the past seven years. She just never noticed it.I love-love-love how, as Payton gets to know Sean and his life, she slowly develops feelings for him as well as respect and admiration for the person he is. It's so different than many YA books, where the characters fall instantly in love and are bonded for life.Payton is a wonderful character, deeply caring (despite her reaction to her father's illness) and supportive. You can feel the love in the family, the emotional toll the MS as well as Payton's response takes on them and how, even with no words between them, they love one another.Payton's best friend, Jac (or Jaclyn, depending on the day), is a great foil for Payton. She's chipper, cheerful, determined to be her own person, and fun to be around. Payton, in turn, provides Jac with the love and stability she needs, since she's not getting it at home.All in all, a fantastic story that, despite dealing with a very difficult topic, is fast-paced and fun. I highly recommend this book! 5.0/5.0 stars.
noahsmae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable to read. It felt very young to me. But, then again, the characters were freshman in high school. This is a story about a teenage girl using avoidant strategies to deal with her father's illness. In the process she discovers both a new relationship with a boy and learns that while avoiding things is less painful than dealing with them -- you ultimately can not outrun the inevitable.Payton's relationship with Sean was very sweet and developed nicely. Jac, Payton's best friend, I found to be very annoying. She was trying to be helpful but felt like she crossed the line several times.Would definitely recommend to younger teens.
allureofbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lot of things about this book really surprised me. I expected to enjoy reading it, but I didn't think I'd feel so connected to the story! It definitely exceeded my expectations.Payton is a fantastic MC, she has a lot of personality and a lot of snark. I loved her, in fact, I wish this had been created as a series so we could have more of her! The story between her and her dad felt so real and so emotional - the writing really draws you in and the plot was dead on. I think her reaction was completely realistic. She acted out, her life fell apart, and she didn't know what to do with her emotions. The fact that I could completely see myself reacting in the same ways she did made me feel so much more emotionally connected to what she was going through.This is kind of a side note, but I think another reason I liked Payton so much was her OCDish tendencies. The way she loved organizers so much and had to have things just so reminded me of my mama. I started picturing my mom as a teenager and standing in a store rhapsodizing over buying a planner and I cracked up. So, I loved Payton from the very first scene from that alone.As for Sean Griswold...I wasn't sure about him in the beginning. But as we got to know him better, that changed quickly. What a sweetheart he was! The way he was so open to Payton and not scared away by the fact she was dealing with things was so refreshing in a teenage boy, and the way Lindsey Leavitt constructed his entire personality made it believable instead of just *snort*. yeah. that's realistic.I 100% recommend reading this book if you're a fan of contemporary young adult. The story and the characters are both written so well and it is really easy to become emotionally involved in Payton's story. I don't know if I've stressed this enough, but the book was also hilarious. I am really looking forward to more of Lindsey's books to see if all her characters have such fun personalities!
molliekay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was sweet, cute, and filled with a whole lot of Sean, but there comes a point in every adult's life when they say to themselves, "Boy, teens sure do whine a lot." I reached a point in Payton's kvetching about her parents' lie when I just couldn't take it anymore. I felt like there were whole chapters of pushing her angsty agenda that just weren't necessary, and her "OMG my parents don't treat me like an adult so I'm going to be a total brat" attitude was too over the top for me. The ending almost makes up for all of the obnoxiousness in the middle. I guess.Leavitt's writing, however, is completely and embarrassingly authentic. Though Payton's pout routine was enough to make my eyes roll, it did conjure up feelings of when I was a teen. I remember (shamefully) pulling that same act on my parents, thinking the things they did were the utmost in insane parenting. Sean Griswold is great for younger teens, mainly girls. They'll be able to sympathize with Payton's situation a bit more than boys or any adult ever would. As an adult, I can tell you that unless you want to scream at Payton for a few hours, this book just isn't for you.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas finds out her father has multiple sclerosis six months after the rest of the family already knows. She is hurt and angry and stops speaking to the rest of her family, especially shunning her dad with whom she was close: "The truth, I know, is that it¿s not my dad I¿m really mad at. I¿m mad at his disease. And it¿s not anger. It¿s fear.¿Her parents contact the guidance counselor at school, who insists Payton find something other than her family on which to focus; keep a journal; and write about it. Payton decides to focus on the guy who sits in front of her, Sean Griswold, because she always has to look past his head anyway to see the board. Pretty soon, egged on by her boy-crazy best friend Jac, Payton is focusing on more than his head, and discovers she likes what she finds out. But first, Payton has to overcome her fear of losing those she loves, a fear which inevitably extends to her new relationship with Sean. She tries to push him away as she is pushing her dad away. In one of the most humorous passages, Sean¿s friend Grady, upset thinking that he had caused the problems between Payton and Sean, cries after being confronted by Payton, and then says: "I can¿t believe I cried. You must be channeling excessive estrogen with all that relationship crap.¿Sean has a lot to offer Payton; not only does he suggest ways to cope with her father¿s disease, but gives her good advice as well: "¿if you love something, you hold on to it.¿Evaluation: This is a sweet, poignant book with lots of humor and heart in spite of its heavy subject matter. It has great lessons for teens (e.g., everything isn¿t always about you) and is appropriate for tweens as well.
resugo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Way. Cute. Book. Really, I mean it.Payton is a fun character and it was a joy to be inside her head for (almost) 300 pages. Her emotions and reactions to life's disappointments were real and deep. I never actually cried (though I might've been close), but I definitely laughed out loud. At different parts, obviously. And Sean is so cute! Personality mostly, though he does have a nice head (even if it is blonde). And he's so sweet! The way he tells Payton he likes her...priceless. And I appreciate that he's just a normal high school kid, not the Hottest Guy Ever. I'm half in love with him myself. Payton's friend, Jac, was a great best friend and really tried to help Payton. Though she kind of irritated me. I'm more like Payton myself and hate to make a scene, so when Jac makes a scene, I got upset right along with Payton. I have to agree with Jac though, Payton's family is super cool. Especially her dad. Obviously its the characters in this book that stick out the most to me. Because they are just so great. Original and real. Loved them. I really enjoyed reading this book. So cute. So now I've added Princess for Higher to my TBR list on goodreads. This is the kind of author I want to read again.
Krissy724 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As soon as I read the synopsis for this novel, I knew I was going to love it! It seemed like such an adorable and fun read and I could not wait to start it. I finished it within a day and I¿m now telling everyone I know that they need to read it!Payton had me cracking up. I loved her and her KWL charts, her outlines dedicated to Sean¿s head, and her color-coded highlighting system for her new planner (which BTW, I too, have a color-coded highlighting system for my planner!). Then there¿s Sean Griswold, who I¿m not going to lie, I was falling in love with him along with Payton. He¿s smart, funny, caring, and really, really sweet. He doesn¿t judge people based on how they look or act and his best friend since childhood is a vampire (yeah, I know, huh?). I only wish we could have learned more about Sean¿s home life.Within the first chapter, Payton learns that her father has MS and her entire family has been keeping this secret from her for months. She is only 15, and unable to deal with it. She stops talking to her parents, starts to act out a little, and is basically in denial about the whole situation. Payton was going through a lot and I think Leavitt did a wonderful job capturing Payton¿s pain and vulnerability, while at the same time keeping the writing light and funny.I loved Sean and Payton! I enjoyed watching their friendship grow into a mutual attraction. Their relationship seemed so real, especially compared to many other teenage relationships portrayed in novels these days.Sean Griswold¿s Head is a wonderful, funny, sweet novel and I think everyone should give it a shot. You will not be disappointed!
JamesterCK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
1) Characters: For the most part, I really enjoyed the characters. Payton was very witty and entertaining and her interactions with her best friend, Jac, were often amusing. My favorite part was reading Payton's "focus object assignments" regarding Sean Griswold's head. At the beginning she knew nothing about him, despite having went to school with him since they were very young, so those entries in her notebook were literally about what his head looked like (since that's all she really ever saw). Then, as she became more involved in her assignment, she began wanting to know more about the boy that has always sat in front of her, other than the color of his hair and that he smells nice, and so her notebook entries change but are still equally interesting. I did get annoyed with Payton on occasion, for how she acted towards her family. I understand why she was upset (you'll just have to read it to find out why!) and that she was having trouble coping with seeing her father's health deteriorate, but it irked me how she treated both of her parents. He was the one that was actually living with the disease and he was having to deal with constant hostility from her. Her friend Jac was also annoying at times due to her extreme personality. She liked to force Payton into doing things she didn't necessarily want to do, and usually just ended up doing whatever she wanted to do, despite anyone else's thoughts. My favorite character by far was Sean. He was so laid back and down-to-earth, very easy to connect with. He ended up being very sensible as well and the voice of reason for Payton at times. I think he balanced her out really well and that's why they were perfect for each other.2) The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: First, The Good - I loved the way the book was set-up, with Payton's notebook entries popping up every so often. I think this gave us an even better look into what she was thinking and feeling and it was easy to see how she was changing as a person. The characters were well developed and, for the most part, easy to connect with. I also like how it brought attention to multiple sclerosis, which is a very serious, debilitating disease. It may even serve to help teens who have a parent that is sick to cope with their emotions. The Bad/The Ugly - As I said before, the characters did have some annoying moments, although it didn't detract from the story for me. I didn't really enjoy the ending as much as I was hoping to. On one hand, the amount of change you see in Payton throughout the book is amazing, and in that respect the ending works. However, as far as the relationship between Sean and Payton, the ending didn't really enthuse me. I know not all books can be tied up all nicely at the end with a neat little bow, but I just expected a little more from this one.3) Relationship Sizzle Or Fizzle: I loved the interactions between Sean and Payton and thought they were really perfect for each other, so I'm going to say sizzle! They just seemed to "get" each other right away and had a lot in common. I think it's awesome that out of something tragic like her father's disease, she was able to find love, and through that was able to heal herself. 4) Uniqueness Of Plot: The plot was definitely refreshing, it was nice to read something that didn't give me a serious case of deja vu. The use of the journal entries and the unique way she ended up falling in love was all very different and I enjoyed reading about it!5) Final Thoughts: Overall, this was a fantastic read. There was a lot of depth to the story, with Payton having to deal with many different issues and it was exciting to see how she was able to grow and heal throughout the book. While I did have a few issues with the characters and the ending, I'm glad I had the chance to read this book and would recommend that everyone check it out!