Review: Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt

ARC for review from Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

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.

As soon as a read the summary for Sean Griswold's Head on goodreads I couldn't wait to get my little hands on a copy! What caught my attention was that main character was going through a hard time and decided to use a guy's head as a way to focus. I had very high expectations for this book and was thankfully not let down.

The storyline was flawless, there was never a part where I felt confused or rushed along. Lindsey's descriptions were right on. She never gave too much detail, it was just enough to get the imaginative juices flowing.

The main character, Payton, grew tremendously throughout the story. Though, in the beginning I had a little trouble liking her. Sometimes I felt like she was being overly selfish and just a full out drama queen. Though as the story progressed I grew attached to Payton and understood her actions. I loved how Lindsey made Payton such a realistic character that had flaws. I mean her entire life was getting turned upside down by her dad's diagnosis, what girl wouldn't be upset or moody about that?

My favorite character was definitely Sean. He was a complete gentleman and brought out the best in Payton. I loved that he was able to get inside her and open her eyes to what was really happening. Sean is definitely a great edition to my list of swoon-worthy guys in YA books.

One of the problems that I had with Sean Griswold's Head was that I sometimes found Payton or her best friend, Jac's voice to be a little immature. At times I thought the "teen lingo" was a little overdone.

The ending was absolute perfection! It even made my eyes a little teary! I loved how everything came to a close and left me loving Payton even more. Her growth as a person just amazes me.

Awesome Quote:
"It's not a permanent fix. But sometimes, Payton, you have to take the scenic route, even when there is a straight road ahead of you."

Characters: 3/5
Creativity: 4/5
Voice: 3/5
Plot: 5/5
Impact: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

Sean Griswold's Head is a fun teen read that deals with issues we sometimes just want to avoid. It has teen romance, witty dialog and an amazing journey of a girl just trying to find her way.



  1. wow this is weird,
    I just discovered this book yesterday and thought:
    man, I really should buy this one next,
    but then I was like, no, wait 'till someone posts a review,
    and bam! katie writes one!

    so I'm definitely checking this baby out
    (ew, I sound like a dude, blame it on the lack of sleep)

  2. This book sounds absolutely adorable! I love the storyline and you're review was great! Thanks so much!

  3. Glad to hear the book is as good as it sounds! I'm definitely putting this one on my wishlist. It sounds so cute!
    Thanks for the insightful review, Katie! :)

  4. Thanks for the great review. I don't read to many contemps but I like the spin this one has and I've heard really great things about it so I'm going to give it a whirl. I really like that the main character grows throughout it.