Book Review: 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.

This is my second Lindsey Leavitt book and I love the way she writes.  Sean Griswold’s Head is a cute, clean, fun story to read.  This book deals with real life issues but does so in a lighthearted manner.  I connected with the characters could relate to Payton’s reactions to the situations she faced.  I liked the way the book was written – we have Payton as the narrator and also get to read the entries in her focus journal.  Pushed along by her crazy friend Jac Payton starts to focus on more than just the back of Sean’s head and starts trying to get into Sean’s head.  What follows is fabulous contemporary realistic fiction.

This is a book that will make you laugh and may just bring a tear to your eyes.  I love Lindsey’s sense of humor – reading her author notes made me laugh.  I highly recommend Sean Griswold’s Head to lovers of clean young adult fiction.

Content: Clean

Rating: 4 Stars

Source: From Author for Review