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Sean Griswold's Head

Sean Griswold's Head
By Lindsey Leavitt
Bloomsbury, 2011
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

This book was great! I finished it in no time. It was so refreshing. This is how real teens would act. You know, it's nice to read a book about someone who has to see a counselor to help her through a tough time, but isn't... well, for lack of a better word, crazy. She wasn't asking for her problems either, and they didn't happen because she did something stupid and should have known better.

The romance part was fun, too. It was like how a real teen relationship would go, I think. Personally, I really liked Sean. He was such a nice guy! I was very happy with the ending. At my high school, if a guy would have found out that his neck was my focus object, he would have laughed and told the whole school. I like this version better.

And there is no way that I would have put up with Jac's pushiness. Also, I would be outraged if my family didn't tell me if someone was sick. Seriously! 

Since I was thinking about how this book would be in my life, I guess I really identified with the main character's personality. That's what good books are all about, right? It's too bad there aren't more books like this.