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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt

Posted by Irish in Blog Tour10 Comments

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 01 March 2011
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 1599904985
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 288

Place(s) Traveled to: Audubon, Pennsylvania

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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First Line: Nothing creates a buzz like an Executive Deluxe day planner.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I first heard about Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt. I thought it could be this cute light read but didn’t think it was going to be anything special. The main reason why I asked to be part of the tour was because its part of The Contemps Challenge. Let me just say it now, this book far exceeded my expectations. I read it in a single sitting because once I started I just couldn’t put it down! I fell in love with Payton from the very first page when she started talking about her love of organization…specifically…of planners. This was a girl after my own heart.

Then toss in her zany, totally opposite in personality friend Jac and you get this great yin-yang mix. Jac and Payton each work really well together playing up their strengths and working on their weaknesses. Where Payton can be a bit shy and bookish, Jac isn’t afraid to go out and belt out a song on stage. Payton helps to keep Jac grounded and Jac helps Payton to fly. I just LOVED the scenes with the two of them together and I often found myself laughing aloud at their antics.

What I also loved about Sean Griswold’s Head was that there were parents!!! Two loving and involved parents who Payton is close to as well as brothers that both adore and annoy her. But her parents aren’t perfect as in the very beginning Payton’s world comes crashing down when she learns that her dad has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and has known for months but her entire family has been keeping the secret from her. Payton who was always so close to her dad takes the news hard and has intense feelings of betrayal and so for the first time in her life she starts to act out giving him the silent treatment. This leads her to her schools guidance counselor who tells her she needs a focus object to help her deal and that is where Sean Griswold comes into play. Or rather…his head.

Sean Griswold is someone Payton has known all her life and for most of it he’s sat in front of her. But she never really paid much attention to him until she started to use him as her focus object. With the help of Jac, Payton starts to stalk research Sean and in the process starts to become closer to him. I fell in love with the character of Sean, he was just so sweet and adorable that you just wish more guys in real life had his qualities. His scenes with Payton were so beautifully written that their relationship dances before your eyes.

But I think what I loved most about this book was the story. How it was written. Sean Griswold’s Head is this great mix of serious and funny. One moment you are laughing at Jac dressed in a trench coat and dark glasses and the next your heart is breaking as Payton witnesses her dad suffering from a symptom of MS. This is a book that can make you laugh and cry with each turn of the page. Its a real emotional roller coaster but its never too much of either instead its this perfect blend of both. I really enjoyed Leavitt’s writing style and so easily became lost in the world that she created. So while at the start I wasn’t sure about this book it wasn’t long before I became a horrible book bully for it. I have recommend this one all over twitter and now I am recommending it to all of you. I couldn’t get enough of this story and I hated for it to end. This book taught me to not judge a book by its plot because the world that is contained in the pages can far exceed a few bland paragraphs. Sean Griswold’s Head turned me into an instant fan of Lindsey Leavitt and I hope to get to her other series soon.

10 Responses to “Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt”

  1. bermudaonion

    I wondered about the book because I think the title is rather odd, so I’m glad to hear it’s so good. It would be refreshing to read about parents in a YA book.

  2. Lauren M

    I’m an organization-obsessed girl, too! I think I’m going to love Payton!
    This book sounds hilarious! But I love that there are serious aspects as well. Sounds like it’s got a good balance. 🙂

  3. Michelle

    This one is on it’s way to me as we speak. I was on the fence on it but everyone keeps raving about it so I’m going to give it a shot!

  4. Sarah

    You did a FABULOUS job on this review. 🙂 I too liked how well the author mixed moments of levity with the painful reality of MS. It was both heartbreaking but honest.

  5. Just Your Typical Book Blog

    I’ve been wanting to pick this one up, but now that I know it has a father who deals with MS – I totally want it. I’ve never read a book that has a parent deal with MS, and I would have LOVED to have read one when I was a teen. Thanks for the review!

  6. Irish

    bermudaonion – It is a quirky title, but its one that really works with the story.

    Lauren M – The book had a great balance to it. Its part of what I loved about it.

    Michelle – I can’t wait to see what you think!

    Sarah – Thanks!

    JYTBB – Thanks for stopping buy and I look forward to seeing what you think about SGH

  7. Erica

    I absolutely loved this book – it was so wonderful. I am really excited to read Lindseys other book – Princess for Hire now, after SGH! 🙂