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Sweet Summertime Reads: Wonderful, Cute + Kind of Perfect (Dates)

Sweet Summertime Reads - Summer Beach Reads Feature

Hi, friends! Today we are sharing one of the books we both adored this year: Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt. Main character Payton does not react well when she accidentally finds out her dad has MS. She stops talking to her parents, and when the school counselor gets involved she asks Payton to choose a focus object. Enter Sean Griswold’s head — a staple in her school life since forever.

So why is this title so underrated? It has a supportive family, a sweet love interest, and a great best friendship. Seriously — the two of us have been secretly crushing on Sean Griswold since we “met” him and decided to feature unique and romantic summer dates inspired by his relationship with Payton.

A bike ride.

It turns out that after years of staring at Sean Griswold’s head… Payton doesn’t actually know anything about him. Turns out he is majorly into bike riding, and one of their first hang outs includes this very activity. I know, I know… it doesn’t seem super romantic but it’s DIFFERENT and totally Sean sharing one of his passions with Payton.

date idea inspired by sean griswold

NYC Engagement Session found on CycleStyle Australia

You might make a total fool out of yourself in front of the other person, but you know what — it’s fun to let your guard down and do something totally out of the ordinary. Plus a bike ride could include a trip to the park, and a picnic and stargazing. This sounds pretty awesome to us!


Before Payton finds out that her dad has MS, basketball is HER sport. This doesn’t exactly turn out to be a romantic moment in the books but the idea of friendly competition with your main squeeze? So cute. You are outside, the weather is gorgeous, and you are hoping your partner just doesn’t LET you win because you want it to happen fair and square.

Basketball Engagement Session by Joshua & Co. Photography

Plus, it’s a great excuse to get a little bit closer.

(Estelle note: I remember playing basketball with the boys in middle school and it was the best way to flirt. Really.)

Ice Cream.

We know our friend Novel Sounds is going to appreciate this one. Sure, it’s simple and not the most groundbreaking idea but there’s nothing like sharing ice cream on a warm summer’s day. Maybe after a bike ride or that neck-and-neck basketball game? Ice cream is pretty perfect in any situation and we recommend you have as much as possible with that special one. (We can’t give away when and why this happens in the book but we’ll put it this way: Payton challenges herself many times in this book and everyone needs a sweet reward.)

Ice Cream Engagement Session by Tanya Malay courtesy of Weddings Illustrated

We hope you and your significant other can try out a few of these date ideas inspired by Sean Griswold’s Head. And definitely, definitely pick up this book by Lindsey Leavitt. The sweet romance is oh-so-perfect for these long summer days. Enjoy!

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For more Sweet Summertime Reads, check out:
Ginger’s post about Ingredients for a Summer Romance or enter to win a copy of Along for the Ride
Check out Tara’s summer-y post at Fiction Folio on Thursday!

June 13, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - These are SO cute! Love bookish inspired dates. Also totally love the ice cream pictures. True story, I once asked a guy if we could go get ice cream (like in those pictures) and he looked at me like I had grown a second head! Apparently this idea was not as cute to him as it was to me!

June 13, 2013 - 12:10 am

tabithasbookblog - This book sounds SO good! And I’m all for underrated books, that are actually great! And those dates… AH. So adorable.

June 11, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Bookworm1858 - Love this feature-I adore SGH and think this is an adorable idea. Hope you’ll feature some other book inspired dates this summer!

June 11, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Amanda - This was such a cute post! Basketball is bit too sporty for me, but I’d be totally down for a bike ride or ice cream date! Heck, we can ride the books to get the ice cream! It’d be perfect!

This book has been on my to-read shelf for such a long time, and this just gives me more reason to finally pick it up.

June 11, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Daphne - cute post! i loved this book. someone on twitter recced it to me after I read Going Vintage. Sean is pretty adorable. 🙂

June 11, 2013 - 1:48 pm

elena - these are too sporty for me (as a short person who does not know how to ride a bike) but I am 100% into the ice cream suggestion. i know people have raved about this book and this is the perfect reminder for me! LOVE this post. 🙂

June 11, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Annie - These dates are so cute! I haven’t read Sean Griswold’s Head yet but I’m feeling like I really need to read this book! I like it when books are secret gems — it just makes them all the more special!

June 11, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Oh, I loved this book! SO glad you’re featuring it today. And how cute are these summer dates- OMG!

If I haven’t told you yet, I’m loving this Sweet Summertime Reads feature.

June 11, 2013 - 10:32 am

Alexa Y. - Okay, these dates are the CUTEST thing EVER! They’re also the perfect sorts of dates for summer, and I love that you pointed them out. This just makes me want to read that book a whole lot more!

June 11, 2013 - 10:14 am

Tara - I would like to go on all of these dates! I probably wouldn’t do so hot at basketball anymore but I could rock the ice cream date like nobody’s business. Cute idea ladies!

June 11, 2013 - 9:08 am

Ginger @ GReads! - What a fun post! Love all these date ideas & how they worked in the story. I still need to read this book, btw.

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