Sean Griswold's Head
According to her guidance counselor, fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas needs a focus object—an item to concentrate her emotions on. It's supposed to be something inanimate, but Payton decides to use 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 known...more
Payton was an incredibly well written character. She leapt off the pages.... I loved how imperfect she was. She frustrated me, she made me laugh, and she impressed me. She was a very realistic character as was her reaction to her father's illness.
Another aspect of the novel that was really impressive was the relationship between...more
Ms. Leavitt takes a subject that does not usually have a space in YA literature, makes it relatable, even personal, and shows the reader that a disease does not define a person, no matter how debilitating it is. What Payton’s father suffers is r...more
Payton Gritas is the ideal student--organized, focused and driven. That is, until her father is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and her near perfect life tur...more
Multiple sclerosis is no joking matter and I wondered how Leavitt would handle this subject. I’ve noticed that when books have focuses like such diseases, they have these two distinguished ways of going: 1) either it’s very f...more
& ahora se porque capto mi atención!
Es wow! Se que es raro decir que un libro con una tragedia es precioso sonara raro pero no me importa!
Creo que yo actuaria igual que Payton sí supiera que algo le pasa a un ser querido & ok estuvo mal la ley del hielo pero todos reaccionamos distinto & es normal que exagerara.
Esa amiguita que bárbara! yo ya la hubiera cacheteado -.-
Volviendo a Payton... de veras que me id...more
Payton is just starting highschool, she has a colour coded highlighter system for English, is psyched to buy a premium day planne...more
I ended up enjoying the story. At times I admit I was a little bored and not really into the main character. But, I was curious where the story was going to go and Payton grew on my after awhile. I liked that she chose Sean's head as her...more
The cover is just really cute, and it makes me what to see the front of his head! (Gahhh) But I also love how the chalk board has the circle chart, which Payton drew in one of her Focus Journals, and the little stick figure with his bike:D
My favorite has to be....Sean! His so sweet, and caring. When he first found out that Payton was keeping journals about him, he figured he was just a play toy; being used by her and her councilor. When Sean knows the truth, he...more
I probably wouldn't have read this if it weren't for the Contemps Challenge and if I hadn't read some other reviews that mentioned that the main character was actually female rather than Sean Griswold.
That main character is Payton Gritas, who upon discovering that her father has MS (multiple sclerosis) and that her family has been keeping that from her for about six months, and consequently sh...more
I did not expect to like Payton as much as I did. The way she handled her family really upset me at times, but that was the point really. No one is perfect--especially in an emotional and stressful time. If she had handled herself with maturity and grace, well…there really would not have been a story to tell and she would n...more
Payton is super organised, straight-A student with big plans for the future, until she finds out that her dad has MS and worse still her parents have known for quite a while but hadn't told her. Feeling betrayed, scared and confused she starts to slip. The things in her life that seemed super important before suddenly don't seem to matter so m...more
She also starts biking. Kind of like me, because I would also like to bike, but I have no intention of biking 75 miles in one go. Or biking with the lightest bike I can get my hands on –heavier bike = more fitness gains. I also can't bike right now, as my special talent is f...more
Payton is generally likable. I definitely understand the hurt that comes from having someone lie to you though I think she went overboard with her pain at times. As we all do.
Sean is really great. I love how his reasoning is so well-reasoned. Haha. And his mother too was great.
I really like t...more
I had my doubts. I hate the cover. HATE. I also really disliked the title, but realized how appropriate it was once I read the book.
When Payton discovers that her father has Multiple Sclerosis, she's devastated. When she discovers that everyone knew about it for months without telling her, she's angry. And at some point, her anger and fear for her dad's health continue to morph into more and more...more
And sure, there is a cutesy romance vibe to this but what was surprising was the bite that it ended up having- or rather, in tumblr-lit terms, the ‘feels’ it gave me. What I found surprising was really how it was less about the romance and more about Payton’s relationship with her father as he begins tac...more
So the basic run down this is: Payton is a super-organizer, obsessed with planning, Seinfeld loving, basketball playing, honor roll student, with a quirky sense of humor, and knack for getting into really funny, cute situations. But she finds out that her dad’s suffering from MS, and suddenly, s...more
I liked the premise -- Payton needs a Focus Object for her school counseling sessions and chooses the head of the boy who sits in front of her. I can actually relate to that and can imagine developing a crush o...more
It was a really cute and very realistic relative story to young teenage girls, and I think it explains perfectly how a young teenager feels in discovering her feelings.
Though this was a great read, I do have some critique on Jac
Jac was a nice character with a bubbly personality, but I think that the overuse of extensive medaling into the main character's business was a little too cliche. I have noticed this in many of these kinds of books, and it truly becomes tiring...more
I had a hard time figuring out how to rate this book.
First off, it's really well written. The characters are real, the way a teen (or anyone) can paint herself into an emotional corner and then get stuck there more than rings true.
The first boyfriend, how everything is slow and you don't know what's real and what's not and what's wishful thinking. The family situation and how sometimes the people closest to you are the hardest to reach.
I HIGHLY recommend this book for those reasons.
What an emotional read.
After bawling over the idea of a sick dad.. I realized that the books that make me cry honestly deserve 5 stars since it meant that I was affected by it in more ways than one.
Payton isn't a perfect character. She's self absorbed, an over thinker, vain, even mean sometimes. . . but then again, who's perfect? right?
When she found out that her dad was sick, she brandished her own kind of freaking-ou...more
Payton is a fifteen year old girl who finds out that her Dad has multiple sclerosis. The news is suffocating to her and her life slowly starts to unravel. Her guidance counselor tells her to choose a focus object, so she chooses Sean Griswold's head, because she s...more
I picked this one up not knowing much about it - it is one of the books for the comtemps challenge so I bought it to read as part of the challenge. I am so glad I did because it really is rather brilliant.
It follows Payton and her life after she learns her dad is diagnosed with MS. She doesn't take the news very well and goes to see a counsellor at her school. She suggests Payton find a focus object so she decides to use Sean Griswold's head...
This book is so much more than I realised i...more
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fit into different cliques, but the length of our friendship makes
most of that unimportant. You go through enough with a person
over a long enough period of time and they just become a part of
who you are.”