I can’t think of a more deserving title than Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt – it is sweet, sincere, and has emotional depth that will surprise the reader (in a good way). I found it funny and adorable last summer, and then NO ONE commented on the review. I was shocked. What had I done/not done? And then it occurred to me...it was probably the cover art (or i'm not good at explaining why contemporary YA = fun.) (i'll take that, i guess.). Problem solved in paperback!
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.
Recommended for: tweens and teens (nothing in this one will set off warning bells), fans of sports in lit, those who appreciate emotional complexity in their YA, and anyone in the mood for an innocent coming-of-age story with a romance perfectly defined by the word ‘delightful.’