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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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
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May 25, 2011 Nafiza rated it really liked it
You know how sometimes when you finish a book, you sit quietly for a while just savouring the end of a tale told so very well? That’s what happened to me when I finished Read Sean Griswold’s Head. To say that I loved it would be sort of an understatement.

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
Sep 28, 2011 eves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It was a cute, feel-good, I-don't-have-any-problems-right-now read! Payton was an adorable, relate-able protagonist, her OC-ness hilarious, and her way of coping just phenomenal. Although yes yes she might've been shallow and illogical (hello, she was fifteen years old), she was also funny and smart.

I LOVE SEAN. I imagine Hunter Parrish when I read about him though. Check it out.

Anyway... for all the flaws we know about Payton and her best friend Jac, we know annoyingly little about Sean's. He
Mar 29, 2011 Kristi rated it really liked it
I knew I was going to love this book, not only did it sound awesome, but Lindsey is a fantastic author! And I was so very excited to read her YA! I was NOT disappointed!

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
Nov 29, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it
In the first several pages of the bookI found myself thinking this was too young and immature for me! What a snob I can be. It wasn't long before I was hooked into a story that has fold upon fold of serious and not-so-serious issues. Payton, whose point of view the story is from, is a young high school girl who excels at everything she does. There's nothing she doesn't do or handle well until she stumbles upon her mother giving her father an injection and they clarify that it's not for recreatio ...more
Apr 24, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
Sean Griswold’s Head was super adorable! It surprised me, made me laugh out loud, and think about things that are right in front of my face which I might not have seen before.

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
Four and a half stars

This was just one of the cutest books I've read in ages, and I'm even more annoyed I never saw it in a bookshop here, as it's in the library. I will need a physical copy as well as the ebook (which was very cheap on Amazon at the time I finally gave up and went looking for ebook version), as I will definitely be rereading this.

Aaaand, typically, having written the above, I had to leave it there and go into town, where I saw Sean Griswold's Head in the bookshop. Curse you, dr
I won this on Goodreads, and absolutely loved it!

Basically, Payton finds out that her Dad has MS - and that she is the last of the family to know. Her brothers have known for six months already but everyone kept it from her like she was 5, not 15. So understandably she's a little miffed and stops speaking to her parents. After a couple of weeks of this, the school guidance counselor steps in by request of her parents, and she sets Payton a "focus exercise". Payton eventually chooses to focus on
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Jun 01, 2013 Cassi aka Snow White Haggard rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Sean Griswold's Head is another great book from Lindsey Leavitt. She has a gift with writing books that are accessible, funny and young without feeling juvenile. For those who enjoy her Princess for Hire series (me!), read Sean Griswold's Head. While it's different, without any magic, the sense of humor and writing style remains the same.

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
Brandy Painter
Sep 15, 2011 Brandy Painter rated it really liked it
Originally posted here.

"Nothing creates a buzz like an Executive Deluxe day planner...I hug the planner to my chest and slowly brush the leather. It'll cost me a third of my Christmas money, but this baby has monthly and weekly calendars, financial graphs, to-do checklists...and did I mention the sweet, sweet leather?"

After a beginning like that there was no way that I could not like Payton. I felt an immediate connection to this obsessive nerdy girl and that connection held throughout the entir
Aug 19, 2011 Isamlq rated it really liked it
It's been a while since a book's had me pulling an all-nighter. And it came as total surprise to find that Sean Griswold's Head as the book that had me doing so. Honestly, I read it on a lark. Now? I find myself pleasantly surprised and very satisfied (if a little bit groggy.)

That title merely hints at how quirky Payton could be BUT while she is funny, her observations hilarious, I found that she could be self-centered, bratty and annoying too. Now given all those flaws, one might wonder, what'
Kate McMurry
Feb 26, 2011 Kate McMurry rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all ages
Recommended to Kate by: Vine review book
Chick-lit dramedy of a quirky teen's struggle with her father's serious illness

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 he
Robin (Bridge Four)
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. She is nervous to really talk to a boy for the first time. She doesn’t out drama her crises completely out of proportion. She makes stupid mistakes and is embarrassed by them but is not sure how to fix them. She is still a child converting to an adult and having some struggles along the way.

Payton’s life was routine and simple just like she
Jul 07, 2011 Kailia rated it it was amazing
I’ve heard nothing but good things about Lindsey Leavitt’s writing. First it was Princess for Hire and now Sean Griswold’s Head. I’m happy to say that I’ve joined this group of people. Leavitt’s writing is fresh, witty, fun, and just her own and I loved Sean Griswold’s Head.

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
Jessica Saylor
Mar 25, 2011 Jessica Saylor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Sean Griswold's Head is a great emotional read that leaves you crying and laughing without needing the influence of vampire or werewolves. Well, sort of. I was taken back by how genuine this book was.

Okay, you definitely need to go to your local bookstore, and pick Sean Griswold's Head up. Not the head itself, but the book. I had so much fun reading every single page, and I think you will too.

The plot is great. It moved so realistically and quickly. I wasn't ever bored, e
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 15, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, young-adult
Such a cute book! Payton is smart, witty, and thoughtful, but without compromising the feeling that she really is just fifteen. I liked her immensely and could sympathize with her struggle to deal with the announcement that her dad had multiple sclerosis. Leavitt has a really light hand with the story, transforming what could easily have been a so-deep teen “issue” novel into something more heartwarming, more entertaining, and, in the end, more real.

Much less realistic is the eponymous Sean Gris
May 02, 2011 Minli rated it liked it
D'aww. This book is cute. Payton Gritas colour-codes her post-it notes alphabetizes her homework. She's a little OCD, maniacally organized and likes everything orderly, so you can imagine why she freaks the hell out when she finds out that her dad was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a few months ago, and oh, everyone else in the family knew and no one bothered to tell her.

So Payton is taking counselling sessions. And part of those sessions is to write journal entries on a focus object, any obj
Feb 17, 2016 ʏᴀs. rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-it, 2014
Al principio lo leí, y cuando supe que el papá tenía EM, no quise leerlo, porque no quería deprimirme, pero al final me gusto mucho, porque me identifiqué.

Me identifiqué con el papá, no porque yo tenga EM,pero tengo algo que me hace conocer el sentimiento de perder el control de tu cuerpo, no poder moverte como quieres, pensar que eres una carga para los demás, y aunque yo tengo posibilidad de recuperarme, entiendo al padre de Payton.

También me identifiqué mucho con Payton, su manera de actuar e
Jun 12, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngadult
This is an utterly wonderful book, a look at what happens when your life unravels in the wake of tragic news.

Payton Gritas has sat behind Sean Griswold in countless classes since fourth grade, but doesn't really know anything about him. But when her school counselor orders her to find a focus object to help her deal with the upheaval at home, Payton and her best friend Jac undertake to study Sean, head and all.

What makes this book so lovely is the characters. Payton and her family, Sean, and J
Jan 05, 2011 Crystal rated it it was amazing
I really connected with this book more than I imagined I would because my parents did the same "protect you from the bad" thing hers did. I was a few years older than Peyton was in the book when it happened, but Lindsey really hit the feelings of betrayal and hurt right on the head.

I can't wait for everyone to read this book, the pacing was great as was the writing. It was a fun, easy read and I liked being in Peyton's head.

Great job Lindsey!
Nov 22, 2010 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Such a great story! I loved this book! Oh, how I LOVE YA lit!
I read this book in two sittings. I couldn't wait to finish it, and yet, I didn't want it to end! Lindsey Leavitt has such a great voice in her writing. Her main character, Payton, rings so true.
This book makes me happy like Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl made me happy... and that's saying something.
Mar 03, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: fave-yas-of-2011
With a title like Sean Griswold's Head, how can you not be tempted to at least discover what this book is about? Lindsey Leavitt writes a highly enjoyable story and I'm glad I picked this book up, large dome and all.

Synopsis: 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 linke
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
Apr 03, 2015 Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide) by: Estelle
Cute! It was more serious than I anticipated but I loved the messages and MS awareness too. I just seem to identify with Leavitt's characters in so many ways! Very fun read.

Review originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide 5/16/14: Being a huge fan of the first Lindsey Leavitt book I read, GOING VINTAGE, I knew I wanted to try an older title of hers and was anxious to start SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD. I probably would never have picked it up without having already read GOING VINTAGE because the cov
Mar 12, 2011 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, signed, 2011

Sean Griswold's Head was a delightfully heartwarming sophomore novel from Lindsey Leavitt that firmly secured her on my favorite authors list. After reading, and loving, her fun and sassy debut, Princess for Hire, last year, I've been dying to read more by Lindsey. Luckily, her first solid YA novel did not disappoint.

Payton Gritas was a main character that was easy to love. She was such a realistic teenager; funny, sweet, and at times naive and easily angered. Payton was well developed and reade
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
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
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
I've noticed that with contemporary fiction novels, there seem to be two storytelling avenues:
1. light, fluffy, and kind of over-the-top humor-bordering-on-silliness

2. dead-serious, "issue-driven" and full of hardcore characters.

I was relieved to find out that Sean Griswold's Head didn't fit in either of these ends of the spectrum: it was funny, sweet and endearing. Sure, there were times when it seemed like the story was driven by the "issue" (the main character's dad suffers from a specific
Apr 04, 2011 Bookworm1858 rated it it was amazing
Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
Bloomsbury, 2011
274 pages
YA; Contemporary
5/5 stars

Source: Library

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
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Pues es la primera vez que leo algo de Lindsey Leavitt, hace mucho que había descubierto este libro, me pareció que seria divertido. En estos días tenia como una especie de resaca literaria y no sabia que leer así que me fui por algo ligero. Quería algo que fuese juvenil, ligero, sencillo, sin mucho drama. Una historia que lograra distraerme. Este libro lo logró hasta cierto punto.

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Apr 05, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
I have another novel to add to my 2011 Favorites list: SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD. Lindsey Leavitt has a pitch-perfect teen voice in this funny, dramatic, sad, and completely awesome novel.

Uber-organized Payton Gritas's world falls apart the day she finds out her father has multiple sclerosis -- and that her entire family's known about it for the past six months but didn't tell her. To deal with it, she turns inward, unwilling to speak to anyone in her family about it and dealing with her anger in th
Jul 23, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Book Cover: 4/5
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
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Mar 09, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it it was amazing
Coping. It’s something that everyone learns to do. In this case, Payton is coping with her father’s illness and the fact that her family didn’t tell her for six months. Payton takes her anger out on her parents by ignoring them, yelling at them, and not listening to their advice. It’s the wrath of Payton! I can see being upset, but she really needed to get a grip and forgive her parents.

Payton’s school counselor gives her an out. She tells Payton to find a focus object to journal about. Payton c
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Lindsey Leavitt is a former elementary school teacher and present-day writer/mom/party animal (not to be confused with her spirit animal, which is a lion). She lives with her family in the Utah mountains. She is the author of the COMMANDER IN CHEESE series, THE PAGES BETWEEN US series (Co-written with Robin Mellom) SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD, GOING VINTAGE, THE CHAPEL WARS, and the PRINCESS FOR HIRE ser ...more
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