Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt 


Sean Griswold’s Head
by Lindsey Leavitt
Pages: 276
Fifteen year-old Payton thinks that her counselor’s suggestion to find an ordinary object to focus on is ridiculous. That is, until she finds Sean’s head. Sean Griswold, the same Sean Griswold she’s known for years, suddenly seems mysterious and intriguing. Focusing on Sean’s gorgeous head is just the thing that Payton needs to keep her from focusing on the real issue at hand: the big, scary secret that her parents kept from her for months. Payton must decide if her rebellion and new object of affection is really worth it before her world falls apart.
Sean Griswold’s Head at first appears to be just a lighthearted book about a short-term teenage love obsession. It’s so much more than that, though. Leavitt deals with real, gritty issues like divorce and disease in a way that real teenagers can relate to. The issues are lightened by the inclusion of a relationship, but they aren’t brushed aside. This is proof that not all books must have a happy ending to be enjoyable. The use of a rich main character that is supported by multiple quirky backups helps to make this a better-than-average teen novel.