Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (March 1, 2011)
Payton Gritas needs a focus object—something to focus her emotions on after discovering that her father’s been hiding his multiple sclerosis. Her guidance counselor suggested something inanimate but Payton chooses 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 noticed him before. Payton starts stalking—er, focusing on—Sean’s big blond head, and her research quickly grows into something a little less scientific and a lot more crush-like. As Payton gets inside Sean’s head, Sean finds a way into her guarded heart. But obsessing over Sean won’t fix Payton’s fear of her dad’s illness. For that, she’ll have to focus on herself.
Hilarious is the word I'd use to describe Sean Griswold's Head. The idea behind the book is fantastic. I am sure a lot of people who are dealing with issues would find the exercise that Payton does to be extremely helpful. Sean was definitely a dream come true. I can see how Payton fell head over heels for him. I also don't want to forget Jac, she is awesome. I also loved Grady, If you don't laugh out loud after hearing her first encounter with him you have issues. I do wish there was another book but with Grady being the main character.. I'd love to know more about him, he was so compelling.
I did have a hard time relating to Payton, I guess freaking out and treating your father who is not dying but is ill in a negative way just kinda threw me for a loop. She was acting like they stabbed her in the back by not telling them about his illness right away. It may have been a no-no but it wasn't worth overreacting about. The only other thing I didn't care for was the flow of the book. It didn't have a seamless flow. It had a beginning, middle and end but it didn't seem to have the fluent flow. I wish I could describe it better.
So taking the good with the sorta bad it ended up being a decent book. I will continue to read Lindsey Leavitt's books.