Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sean Griswold's Head Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Title: Sean Griswold's Head
Author: Lindsey Leavitt
Published: March 1st 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Source: ARC

Summary: "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 him.

The focus object is intended to help Payton deal with her father's newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis. And it's working. With the help of her boy-crazy best friend Jac, Payton starts stalking—er, focusing on—Sean Griswold . . . all of him! He's cute, he shares her Seinfeld obsession (nobody else gets it!) and he may have a secret or two of his own.

In this sweet story of first love, Lindsey Leavitt seamlessly balances heartfelt family moments, spot-on sarcastic humor, and a budding young romance."

Thoughts: Sean Griswold's Head is every bit as endearing, funny and sweet as the summary makes it sound. I'll admit, I have yet to read Lindsey's debut novel, A Princess For Hire, but after reading this, I'm adding it to my list.

Follow the life of Payton Gritas. She used to have it all together. She was a great student and even a fantastic basketball player. Then she finds out her dad has been struggling with MS and everything falls apart. She can't seem to focus on anything else, but her dad and even so, still can't really talk to him.

Her high school guidance counselor suggests that Payton focuses on something else by writing about anything in a journal. After mapping and graphing, Payton's answer finally comes to her. And he's been sitting in front of her ever since the third grade. At first, Payton just thinks Sean's head is the answer. I mean, she doesn't have a crush on him. He's just someone with a big head, right?

One thing I love about this book is how relatable Payton is. Anyone would be a wreck if they found out their father has been struggling with MS. Imagine finding out when you're 15! Her voice felt so real. At times, I thought I was Payton, going through the same actions as she. Oh, plus I love her graphs and the way she breaks everything down in her journal. Hilarious!

Another character I adored was Jac. She is everything a boy-crazy best friend should be. At times, she can be a bit much, but isn't every hormone driven teenage girl? And of course, there's Sean himself. It's funny because through a lot of the book, you only get to witness him from a distance, yet he still comes off as this sweetheart. Once Payton actually starts talking to him, he ends up becoming more real, and that's when you'll truly start to adore him. The only reason I wouldn't put him in the swoon-worthy category, I think, is because this book is directly more towards younger readers, so there's so much swoon you can get. Still, he's a great character to read about and admire from a distance.

Overall, Sean Griswold's Head is one of those books you can easily finish in a day. It's funny, smart, creative and, of course, fun!


Now, onto the giveaway. One US winner will win an ARC of Sean Griswold's Head. To enter, please fill out THIS FORM. You must be at least 15 years old to enter. This giveaway will end March 25th. Good luck!

**Special thanks to Kate at Bloomsbury for hosting this amazing tour!**

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  1. This looks like such a cute book! I can't wait to read it, and thanks for the contest :)

  2. thanks for the giveaway! lovely review! :)

  3. Aww, It sounds so good. I can't wait to read it!

  4. This looks adorable! Great review.

  5. Great giveaway! I ordered this one so hopefully it will arrive soon!

  6. This is up soon in my TBR. Sounds great :) I love her Princess for Hire series!

  7. Ooh, can't wait to read this!

    P.S. You've won an award at my blog,

  8. Ack!!! I really want this one, your review just made me want it even more. Sounds like a great read. =D

  9. That's interesting that Sean is not necessarily the main character. Sounds cute though!

  10. I love the cover for this one! And it sounds super cute! Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Been hearing a lot about this book, I definitely want to read it! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  12. Great review! I really want to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I love the idea behind this... I remember staring at the backs of heads in school.. One time I actually reached out and petted this girl... she had no idea... Her hair was gorgeous though!!!!

  14. omg this book looks awesome.

  15. I heard someone say this book was laugh-out-loud hilarious... I really want to read it! :]

  16. I want to read this! It reminds me of that boy in class you had a crush on...

  17. I've heard wonderful things about this book and your review has only got me wanting to read it even more. Sounds like it's got some really great characters. Thanks for posting! :)


  18. My best friend's mom (who I've known since I was 3) has MS. It's definitely something that is hard to deal with at any age, but I imagine it's even harder when you haven't seen it your entire life! This is really the 1st book that I've seen that acknowledges MS, which honestly is the reason I want to read it. (Bc the cover really doesn't seem interesting without any background for it.)
    I'm glad you enjoyed it! Hopefully I can pick it up soon! Thanks for the review!
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