Sunday, August 7, 2011

Review: Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Levitt

Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt

Hardcover: 288 pages
Release date: March 1st, 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Goodreads Summary: 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. 

This book is adorable and hilarious. Sean Griswold’s Head was quite not what I expected in a good way. I thought it would just center around on Payton and Sean but it didn’t. I guess what makes it poignant and more likeable is the fact that it also deals with multiple sclerosis or MS. I learned so much about the disease and can relate to Payton’s situation. Sometimes I found it difficult to understand her but I think that what makes her like a real person. She’s smart and wise and a bit twisted but flawed like everyone else. Another person who I had fun reading was Payton’s best friend, Jac. These two best friends are total opposites, which made the story more enjoyable and entertaining to read. I loved their banters and even laughed hysterically at some parts. My favorite character was of course the male lead. Sean is a half-full-cup kind of person. He has killer calves and arms from cycling and a noticeable head. Thanks to it, Payton got her perfect Focus Object. Setting aside what’s superficial, Sean is a great guy. He’s joins cycling events and dedicates them to someone with MS. He doesn’t judge people and is full understanding. This book also taught me to disregard my first impressions to actually know people. There are ones who we’ve known by names all our lives but never really know them. I realized that they might even be my friends once I get to know them better.

Very light and fun to read, Sean Griswold’s Head will be enjoyed by anyone who loves contemporary reads. 

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