Monday, August 15, 2011

Book Review: Sean Griswold's Head

Title: Sean Griswold's Head

Author: Lindsey Leavitt

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Publication Date: March 2011

Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Synopsis can be found here.

Payton is my type of girl. She loves to be organized, and even color-codes her folders. She’s a smart student who likes to place things in their proper places. Therefore, it’s especially traumatic for her when she learns a secret that sends her reeling into her guidance counselor’s office. Her guidance counselor recommends she find a focus item to concentrate on. And what do you know? It’s Sean Griswold’s head.

I didn’t know what to expect from this book. The synopsis sounded cute and I figured it would be some light-hearted treat I could read quickly and move on. But there’s a lot more to it than that. My friend loaned me her copy, with the words, “No, it’s awesome. You’ll love it.” And I did.

Leavitt is a very talented writer. Her characters are well rounded, full, rich and funny. Even when they’re suffering, they don’t lose their wholeness or depth. The novel touches upon more than just Payton and Sean. It delves into relationships between family members, especially parents and children.

Payton’s character is so real, she felt like she was sitting next to me. Her emotions, thoughts and actions made her into a mature teenager, just growing out of adolescence and trying to figure it all out.

And Sean Griswold is more than just a head. Payton gets to know her focus item, the sweet and kind Sean Griswold. He has such a wonderful personality, reminding me of some of my best guy friends from home.

As their relationship develops, Payton grows in leaps from the character she started out at the beginning to the young adult she eventually becomes.

A wonderful and hilarious story that should not be missed!

Rating: 10 One of the Best


  1. i really need to read this one. it sounds awesome.

  2. I loved this book so much! I think I need to read it again to inspire me to exercise more. Sean is a great motivator.