Start reading Sean Griswold's Head on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card
 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

Sean Griswold's Head [Kindle Edition]

Lindsey Leavitt
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

Digital List Price: $7.99 What's this?
Print List Price: $9.99
Kindle Price: $6.15
You Save: $3.84 (38%)

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $6.15  
Hardcover $14.29  
Paperback $8.45  
Spot Loves His Mom
Interested in Mother's Day Books for Children?
Explore the Children's Mother's Day store featuring children's books that celebrate mothers here.

Book Description

You can look at something every day and never really see it. Payton Gritas looks at the back of Sean Griswold's head in most of her classes and has for as long as she can remember. They've been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas; it's an alphabetical order thing), but aside form loaning Sean countless number-two pencils, she's never really noticed him.

Then Payton's guidance counselor tells her she needs a focus object--something to concentrate her emotions on while she deals with her dad's multiple scleorsis. The object is supposed to be inanimate, but Payton chooses Sean Griswold's head. It's much cuter than the atom models or anything else she stares at! As Payton starts stalking--er, focusing on--Sean's big blond head, her research quickly grows into something a little less scientific and a lot more crush-like. And once she really gets inside his head, Payton also lets Sean 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.


Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Editorial Reviews

Review

“In a rather impressive feat, Leavitt manages to take a painful family crisis and make one girl’s reaction to it genuinely guffaw-worthy, even adding a bit of romance for kicks. With her self-deprecating wit and nearly OCD organizational skills, Payton is positively endearing. Leavitt capably handles the issues of chronic illness with sensitivity, making this an insightful, humorous, and ultimately uplifting family drama.” —BCCB

“Payton is likable and the writing brisk and amusing…Complex, significant issues are raised.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A balanced proportion of comedy and gravity... refreshing and realistic without being overwrought with angst.” —School Library Journal
 
“Leavitt tucks in lines like 'I don’t do spandex. The devil wears spandex. And I doubt the devil’s butt is as big as mine' while bringing her protagonist around to acceptance and repaired relationships... the formula is tried-and-true.” —Booklist

About the Author

LINDSEY LEAVITT is a former elementary school teacher. She married her high-school lab partner and now lives in Nevada with her husband and three little girls. She is also the author of Princess for Hire.

Product Details

  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (March 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OR14WI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,975 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Fifteen-year-old freshman Payton Gritas is a straight-A student and basketball player with a great best friend and loving parents, but her world falls apart when she discovers her parents have kept a huge secret from her for months. Her father has multiple sclerosis. Payton is furious that her parents shared her father's diagnosis with her two older brothers but not her. She is also fearful about what MS will do to her father. Can he continue work as a dental surgeon? And what about basketball? He has played it his whole life, including on a college team, and taught the game to Payton, but MS is making it increasingly hard for him to play. And what if MS actually kills him?

Payton's drops out of basketball, which she feels too guilty playing when her father can't, lets her grades drop, and refuses to talk to her parents. As her silence drags on, her mother insists that Payton talk to the counselor at her school. Payton reluctantly agrees but struggles with the "focusing" exercise the counselor assigns. She wants Payton to choose something to concentrate on that she has no emotional investment in and write detailed reactions and feelings about this "focus object" in a journal in order to work up to eventually being able to face her feelings about her father's illness.

While ignoring a video in biology class, Payton is struggling to come up with a focus object when Sean Griswold, who has sat in front of her since third grade because his name appears before hers alphabetically, turns and remarks that he has trouble focusing on videos in class. Payton suddenly decides this is a sign. She should write about Sean Griswold. Specifically the part of him she knows best, his head, which has been blocking her view of the teacher for years.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute love story, but couldn't connect with characters September 6, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I'd heard basically only great things about Sean Griswold's Head, and I loved the idea, so I was really excited to read this one. However, I was pretty disappointed. I still love the idea - the whole thing with the Focus Object is hilarious and adorable, and that ended up being what I most enjoyed reading about; Sean's head as Payton's Focus Object, how that turns into romance, etc. The romance is cute - I loved Payton and Sean together.

The writing is good, too. I was especially impressed by Payton's PFEs/journal entries - often, journal entries in books seem fake to me, but in Sean Griswold's Head, they're realistic, and Payton's voice is authentic and funny.

I know, this all sounds positive, and in the beginning, I did like this book, but after a while Payton got on my nerves. The characters are my main problem in this book. It's not that they're badly-written or anything like that, I just didn't like them as people. At times I could relate to Payton, but most of the time she annoyed me - she's so selfish and melodramatic! The way she reacts to finding out her dad has MS is strange - she doesn't think at all about how it affects her dad, just about herself. I didn't get Payton's character - at times she's the social-activist-type, then she's a normal teenager thinking about unimportant stuff. She's so patronizing of anyone who's different from her, making fun of Sean for riding his bike to school and hating Sean's friend because he only wears black. I didn't get why she made the decisions she made, and I just couldn't connect with her.

Jac is just as annoying as Payton.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Sean Griswold's Head is an adorable and hilarious contemporary with just the right amount of serious-ness and I wouldn't expect any less from Lindsey Leavitt.

Like with her MG books, Princess for Hire, Lindsey Leavitt manages to create a protagonist is relatable and flawed in the perfect way. I loved Payton and I thought her struggle with her father's illness and the way her family chose to deal with it was exceptionally done and I really felt for her. I thought her use of Sean Griswold's head as her focus object was awesome and certainly made for some hilarious situations. UH and the first page had her shopping for planners. The very first page. I am a planner addict. This girl is my new BFF, along with Anna from Anna and the French Kiss (I loveeeeee old French movies).

And speaking of Sean Griswold - I am absolutely in love. His character is adorable and his relationship with Payton reminded me a lot of my high school days - those cute, awkward conversations that you just want to dissect over and over again.

I thought the story and character development throughout Sean Griswold's Head was timed perfectly. It wasn't moving too slowly and it wasn't moving too fast. I felt like some of the side characters weren't fully fleshed out, but I didn't care enough about them to care about it, really.

Overall, I loved Sean Griswold's Head. Lindsey Leavitt knows how to write the funny, romantic, cute, yet serious very well. There were a ton of hilarious moments throughout the book and I'll definitely be re-reading it in the future. I recommend it to any fan of contemporary YA and anyone in need of a pick-me-up.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute Story very Teen Appropriate
This is a cute story. There are some really great things about it. One is that Payton the main character is 15 and acts like she is 15 not twenty-something. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robin Snyder
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bookmark Blog for Sean Griswold's Head
Payton Gritas needs a focus object. So, she decides to go with something that has always been right in front of her, Sean Griswold's head (in alphabetical order, Griswold has... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Adriane
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Easy, Fun Read
After reading Going Vintage I knew I wanted to read more of Lindsey Leavitt's books. Sean Griswold's Head was the one I had heard the most things about so I figured it was the one... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Maggie
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
There's only a short review for this one, because I haven't got much of an opinion on it.

I think this is an interesting concept, and it's definitely emotionally... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jill
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect beach read, you know, without the beach
Due to copy and paste, formatting has been lost.

*ACTUAL RATING 3.5 STARS*

I knew exactly what to expect when I started this: I was expecting cute, romantic... Read more
Published 10 months ago by thebookbabesreads
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Clean, and Worth Your Time
Sean Griswold's Head is a relatively quick read but it's quite enjoyable. For one, I liked how real the characters were. The protagonist, 15-year old Payton, is easily relateable. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Isabel Gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!
I loved this book!!!I started reading it at 10pm and just finished at 2am!!! I would recover it for everybody!!!!
Published 12 months ago by Sharleen B Prows
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Read
Payton is a fifteen year old girl in high school who is given some heartbreaking news about her father being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Le'BookSquirrel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Really good book I recommend it too anyone who is interested in romance. I gone it five stars :D <3
Published 15 months ago by LHB
4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet yet Nice
Bittersweet - that's probably the best word to describe this book. There are sad moments, happy moments, sweet moments and more. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tiana Smith
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

More About the Author

Lindsey Leavitt is a former elementary school teacher and present-day writer/mom to three (mostly) adorable little girls. She is married to her high-school lab partner and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the author of the PRINCESS FOR HIRE trilogy, SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD, and GOING VINTAGE (March 2013).

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Customers Who Highlighted This Item Also Highlighted


Look for Similar Items by Category


ARRAY(0xb11869a8)