Okay find a focus object to help me deal with my dad. What should I choose? Maybe the giant head of Sean Griswold? I mean it is in front of me for every class. That is how Payton decides to deal with her Dad’s diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.
If you are one of the few people who do know what Multiple Sclerosis or MS is then I think you might have a better connection to the story. I had never read a book where one of the characters had it but as soon as I found out it was a part of this book I picked it up almost immediately. My mom has MS so I thought it would be cool to see how Payton’s story is painted by Lindsey Leavitt. The main premise of the story is that Payton finds out her dad is diagnosed with MS and her going to see the school counselor. When she gets there the counselor suggests a focus object and as Payton starts looking for one and decides for it to be Sean Griswold’s head. She ends up wanting to know more about the contents of the head and person that is connected to the head.
I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it. It had a nice feel to it and it felt real. The author didn’t sugar coat the hard times and it still had the problems that you face in normal life along with the added stress of your parent having a disease. Lindsey Leavitt described MS quite well for the complexities of the disease itself. The characters had growth and development but at a gradual pace that made it realistic. I gave it 5/5 stars