The Latte Rebellion
Our philosophy is simple: Promote a latte-colored world! —from the Latte Rebellion Manifesto
When high school senior Asha Jamison gets called a "towel head" at a pool party, the racist insult gives Asha and her best friend Carey a great money-making idea for a post-graduation trip. They'll sell T-shirts promoting the Latte Rebellion, a club that raises awareness of mixed-ra...more
After hanging with the vampires, angels, and what-have-you I decided I was excited to read a DARING contemporary read. This was not it. The back promised a shake up of the world of people who did not recognize people of color. The title promised a "rebellion". The word terrorist was thrown around in the first few pages-whoo, I thought, "This one will be a thought provoking, discussion starting blaze of a novel!" Nope.
The main problem here, for me, was Asha. I didn't like her. The reason I did no ...more
This book gave me a lot of food for thought: being mixed race myself I totally agreed with the feelings of the ...more
The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson has been on my TBR for years. It's one of those books that I just kept pushing down the list for newer ones as they came out. Then I saw it on display while at the library a couple weeks ago and decided now was the time to read it. I'm glad I did.
Asha is a character easy for me to relate to. She is driven and good at organizing things. She also has a deep seeded fear of failure and disappoint ...more
I liked parts of this book, but after a while, it began to grate on my nerves. Asha was so caught up in what started off as a joke that when it became important, she didn't know how to properly handle it. I guess that is realistic, but it still drove me crazy. By the end I was glad to see he ...more
I was all ready to dnf this book sixteen pages in. I absolutely hated the narrator's voice, and to be honest, I felt like I was reading an Englsh composition by a thirteen-year-old.
"I'm a WHAT? My neck got even warmer, and not just because it was sweltering at Ashmont Community Park....more
Whoever it was, was he kidding me? Nobody used that phrase anymore unless they were hopelessly ignorant about headwear, or still carrying around a post-9/11 grudge. I knew I should be really offended.
I was expecting a main character who ...more
When I read the description for this on a friends blog I was curious but wasn't sure I'd like it. To be honest I don't like the title at all. I "get" the title. But I still don't like it.
As for the characters, I have to disagree with the reviewers who hated Asha because of how she acted. I know a lot of peo ...more
Asha's father is half Irish, half Mexican. Her mother is Indian. Holidays are a bit tense in her family because they're trying to follow traditions from three different cultures. At high school, Asha ...more
While growing up, I rarely came across young adult books that included a multiracial main character. It seemed to always be one race, and though there is nothing wrong with one-race characters, cons ...more
I was surprised when school administrators blocked her efforts to create a multi-cultural club at school. They already sponsor an Asian-American club, and several other clubs to support specific ethnic groups. I was mystified that they'd choose not to s ...more
From the beginning when Asha and Carey, two smart and academically driven seniors, decide to sell T-shirts as a way to raise money for a much needed summer vacation, I was caught up in their money making scheme. I loved how Stevenson used lattes as a metaphor for her mixed-race protagonists and how she catapulted ...more
PROS: the concept of this book was different and was actually relevant to today’s society with the whole “#blacklivesmatters” protests and the whole racial discrimination going on in America today wit ...more
"The heat rose behind my cheeks, my head filling with any number of things I could tell her. Carey is not Japanese. And J. Lo. is not from Mexico - she's a Puerto Rican American. This is not even close to the same thing. There are thes ...more
It was a great read.
I will make no mystery about how it all started: slow. If you are one of those readers (like me) who have been spoiled with a strong hook from the start of a story, you may need a little bit of patience with this book. Why am I giving th ...more
I'm feeling a little bit mixed about this book. There are things I liked. I liked the premise with the social action elements related to mixed race students wanting others to be more accepting of them and acknowledging their uniqueness. I liked the strength of character Asha gains through the course of her senior year as she learns more about becoming involved in causes and staying true to oneself. I liked that she learned to speak for hers ...more
Asha and Carey come up with the concept of their shirts over latte's at a pool party after Asha is called a towlhead by an Asian schoolmate. Asha ...more
Problems with this book: This is kind of a small thing, but for a book that is supposed to be about multiculturalism and how we misjudge people and the culture they come ...more
In it, Asha wants to escape the confines and rules of her extremely strict parents after graduation for some fun before going to college. Along with her friend, Carey, Asha starts the "latte" rebellion after being teased about her heritage and race at a pool party. She decides to use "latte" ...more
I enjoyed reading about Asha’s journey creating and managing The Latte Rebellion. My heart went out to her throughout the book while she dealt with the racial slurs and other terrible things people would say. I think what makes it eve ...more
I wanted to like this book, bu ...more