Sean Griswold's Head

Sean Griswold's Head

by Lindsey Leavitt


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Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599909110
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 767,363
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

LINDSEY LEAVITT is a former elementary school teacher. She married her high-school lab partner and now lives in Nevada with her husband and three little girls. She is also the author of Princess for Hire.

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Sean Griswold's Head 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But it has its flaws. Its good because the characters are voiced really good. But I usually like more mature styke of writing...but its still good
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Hey i have the book from the library and the cover is different yet they r the same book?????????
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I loved everything about this book! I love how she starts off knowing nothing about sean, but ends up falling for him. I finished the book in about 4 hours and I want to read it again! Definitely worth buying! One of the best books I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend has this book!!! The front looks like her and her ex........who she still likes!!! Crazy,write!? Anyways she said she said she loved it!
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