Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt

Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
Release Date:  March 1, 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury

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. -

When I first got this book, I thought it would be a light read that would be fun and cute and kinda of romantic.  Well, it was all those things, but it was so much more.  I found myself rooting for these characters so much, that I couldn't wait to get to the end to see how it all turned out for them, but at the same time, I didn't want it to end.

Payton was a typical teenager, and the author makes no apologies for Payton's typical teen behavior, including her reaction to her father's sudden MS diagnosis.  It wasn't that he had MS so much as that her parents had kept it from her for six months.  Everyone knew but her.  So she stops talking to them.  I found
Payton's reactions to events in this book to be so realistic.  Behind her seemingly stubborn and pouty behavior, however, is a much deeper pain that it takes even her a while to see.  Who helps her?  Sean.

Her new fixation on Sean's "head" turns into a full on fixation for Sean himself, and as that fixation puts her into positions where she has a chance to actually get to know him, things really begin to happen.  I fell in love with Sean. You just couldn't help it.  He was great!  He was kind, he was deep, and he helped Payton, almost without realizing it.  I thought this would turn into your typical teenage fixation on a cute guy, but their relationship was so much deeper and interesting.

This was one of those gems hiding behind a cute title that everyone should read.  It was inspiring to see Payton learn herself, and to watch her do such a courageous thing.  I won't give anymore away.  You just have to read it.  It was a pleasure.

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