Sean Griswolds Head

Sean Griswolds Head

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After discovering her father has multiple sclerosis, Payton Gritta's life crumbles. Aiming to save Payton from denial, the school counsellor gets Payton to write Focus Exercises. But all Payton can see is the over-sized head of the boy who sits in front of her, Sean Griswold.
Payton has stared at the back of Sean Griswold's head every day of her high school life. So why does it suddenly seem so ... um ... gorgeous?!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 22mm | 202g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781407120591
  • 431,480

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I hadn't really heard much about this book before I actually picked it up - I haven't actually read any reviews for it yet and I wasn't all that sure what it was about. The book does have a fluorescent pink, in-your-face cover though - so guess why I picked it up? I'm really glad that I did decide to get this book though, as I really enjoyed it. This story is narrated by Payton Gritas who has just discovered that her dad has multiple sclerosis (MS) and is trying to come to terms with it. She has been forced to visit the school counsellor for help, who gives her an aim of choosing a 'focus object' and putting all of her thoughts into that. After much deliberation, Payton decides that her perfect focus object is something that she has had to look at for most of her life - the head of the boy who sits in front of her in class, Sean Griswold's head. Yeah, I know what you're thinking - how random... but actually, it kind of works! I think the real strength of this book lies in the characters - they are so vivid! Payton's personality really beams through the paper and although she isn't overly or particularly emotional, she is open throughout the book and you can tell what she's feeling not just through her narration, but through her actions and behaviour. I really loved her as a protagonist and I really warmed to everyone she met too. I didn't think that there were any poor characters in this novel, though the friendship issues between Payton and her best friend, Jac, seemed a little unrealistic and so a little annoying. There were definitely points where I wanted to put my hands through the pages and give some of the characters a good shake! I absolutely adored Sean. As Payton extends her 'focus' exercise further, both we and Payton get to know more about Sean. He is not your popular high school jock and he is quite mysterious - we don't know much about him at the beginning. Sean is so caring and a little bit misunderstood. I think that a lot of you who read this book will really fall in love with him - he is extremely sweet and caring, with his heart definitely in the right place. Though neither Sean or Payton are perfect, they compliment each other superbly. It is great to see how their relationship helps them explore their lives in a way that is beneficial for them both. Though there is a very serious underlying issue in this book - Payton coming to terms with her father's diagnosis of MS, the book isn't much of a tear jerker - it is emotionally poignant at just the right moments, but reading the book certainly doesn't depress you. There is a lot of humour throughout and the personalities of the characters are generally quite fun! I think it is fantastic when a book can deal with a serious issue, but also not get too bogged down by it. I would definitely recommend this book, and hope to see more people pick it up!show more
by Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page)
I haven't read anything by Lindsey Leavitt before, so this book was a pleasant surprise. I particularly enjoyed the narration. Every sentence seemed to come directly from Payton - the book was sprinkled with wonderful analogies, made up words and wry observations. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book, because as many mistakes as Payton makes, she rights every single one of them and the main message in this book is 'forgiveness'. Life isn't always perfect - your dad can have MS, your brother can move to London, and sometimes your best friend will do something that frustrates you, that's life - but you can forgive and be forgiven, and live your life to the fullest anyway. The characters in this book were well formulated and well written. There were no outlandish accents or strangely dyed hair does, just real people like the ones you meet everyday. The best friend who calls people foody endearments like honey, just because she can; the brother who dates a lot but still has time to boot his sister into line; the boy who sits in front of you in class, with a 'dome' so big it's hard to see the board. Who never says more than three words to you because that's just the way life is. Until the day you ask him a question. I appreciated the fact that this novel was written for all ages (no swear words or dodgy scenes or violence, just an interesting life journey, told in the voice of a young girl in high school). If you're looking for a little romance, a lot of real and a story about family and friends and getting by when you think everything's just too much to cope with... then that's this book. Read it. - Annieshow more
by Annette Shaw
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