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The Latte Rebellion

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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

Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published (first published January 8th 2011)
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Melissa (i swim for oceans)
The Latte Rebellion follows Asha Jamison, your ordinary teenage girl with extraordinary dreams that finds herself at the bad end of a racial slur during a pool party. When one of her fellow classmates calls her a “towel-head,” Asha and her friend Carey dream up something they call “The Latte Rebellion.” A group formed for all those who don’t quite fit into a single ethnic background, Asha decides to capitalize on the idea to make a little money on the side…but she had no idea that The Latte Rebe ...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
Mar 17, 2012 Potassium rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This is the story of Asha, the straight A high school student who, with her friend, come up with The Latte Rebellion as a way to bring acknowledgement to people of mixed races (and how they don't really fit in anywhere) as well as to sell t-shirts to raise money for their vacation before college starts. Of course everything gets waaaaay out of hand and that is what this story is about.
This book gave me a lot of food for thought: being mixed race myself I totally agreed with the feelings of the
Diane Mankowski
Jan 31, 2011 Diane Mankowski rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I tried to like this one, but after 100 pages I just didn't care about Asha, Carey or their cause. In real-time, Asha's facing the school board at an expulsion hearing for her work organizing and promoting the latte rebellion-or the positive qualities of mixed race people. The trouble for me is that the real cause, for the vast majority of the book, is selling enough latte rebellion t-shirts to fund a vacation with her friends. In the end, I didn't read on to discover if Asha's rebellion morphed ...more
Aug 01, 2010 Ari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: brown people, coffee lovers
Shelves: read-in-2011
don't usually mind slow starts in contemporary novels and this one was no exception. I liked getting the backstory and feeling completely immersed in Asha's world, I was satisfied with the little everyday details. I would warn you though that it takes awhile for the actual rebellion to start but stick with the book. I was a bit peeved at how some characters emerged for a chapter and then faded away, only to be called again a few chapters later. Thad and Bridget were both brought into the story ...more
Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
When Asha, a soon-to-be senior, gets called a towel head at the local community pool because she is: A) part Indian and B) has a beach towel on her head, she realizes the inequities that continue to abound in her world. On a whim and a joke, Asha and her best friend Carey conspire to create t-shirts to sell with The Latte Rebellion printed on them. The girls love lattes and joke that they themselves are lattes – the more ingredients, the better! Their money-making venture spins out of control an ...more
BookChic Club
Dec 22, 2010 BookChic Club rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one hell of a debut- it's smart, well-written at a good pace, and also fun. The story starts with the incident that starts the Latte Rebellion and then shifts to the following year after things get out of hand and Asha is at the disciplinary hearing. Each chapter is like this- the majority of it starting in the summer and going chronologically with a few pages at the end taking place at the disciplinary hearing the following April. In the last 60 pages or so, the story catches up and we ...more
Brandy Painter
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

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
Jan 05, 2011 Ginny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
In The Latte Rebellion Asha is mixed up. Ethnically speaking that is. So on a whim her and a friend begin the Latte Rebellion. It begins as a way to make some vacation money, but it explodes into a movement.

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
Sep 25, 2016 Cara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
I thought this book had a lot of meaning and strong opions about racism. The characters were relatable and I made conncetions about them and my own life. I also could see the characters changing through out the book. I recommend this book to anyone who likes realitic fiction.
2.5 stars.

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.

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.

Even though I hadn't heard much about this book, I had high hopes for The Latte Rebellion. YA books don't often address social justice issues in such an explicit way, so I thought I would appreciate that The Latte Rebellion does. And while I really liked the idea, it just doesn't work as well as I'd hoped. I had some issues with how the movement is handled, and the actual story develops didn't really hold my interest, so I was pretty disappointed by this one.

I was expecting a main character who
Eva Leger
Feb 06, 2011 Eva Leger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-fiction, y-a
I'm at a loss as to how to review this. I read it in about a day which, right now for me, is really good. YA is still a fairly new genre for me even though I'm reading more than ever before.
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
Margo Berendsen
Finally, a teen book that isn't about love issues, parent issues, or friend issues (well, it has a bit of each of those) but the main theme of this story is issues bigger than ourselves: raising cultural awareness for a people of mixed cultures. This book isn't about racism, it's about understanding.

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
Apr 20, 2014 Greta added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers looking for diverse characters
Shelves: mills-grad
I am both very impressed and annoyed with The Latte Rebellion. It does touch base with deep societal issues that are still prevalent today (RACISM); however, for such a story focused on social justice, it is an awful shame the main character has no problem expressing ableist and slut-shaming beliefs.

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
May 09, 2011 Aimee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like "The Latte Rebellion", but the book just didn't do it for me. I originally got into the book thinking it would be an interesting read about girls banding together to make a difference in the world, but there seemed to be very little of this. It didn't really bother me that Asha and Carey's plan stemmed from a marketing scheme to help them plan a summer trip, the fact that they did believe in what they were putting on the shirts made it okay for me. What I didn't like was ...more
Madigan McGillicuddy
After an offhand racist remark from one of her classmates, high-school senior Asha Jamison decides to start a school club for mixed race students. She is part Indian, part Mexican and part Irish and tired of feeling pulled in multiple directions.

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
Jan von Harz
Jan 30, 2011 Jan von Harz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson is an offbeat contemporary coming of age novel that I found both engaging and conceptually noteworthy in plot, characterization, and theme.

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
Melanie Goodman
Asha Jamison’s classmates are quick to categorize her. She is called both a “towelhead” and “barely Asian.” Asha and her best friend Carey have a harder time describing their own ethnicities. Asha is part Indian, part Mexican, and part Irish, while Carey is half Chinese and half Caucasian. When they begin describing themselves as lattes—a mix of coffee and milk—they start brainstorming ways to distribute their idea to other multiethnic teens and coffee lovers. The Latte Rebellion is born, first ...more
Dec 24, 2010 Clementine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ya, 2011
Asha Jamison and her best friend Carey Wong want to go on a trip after they graduate from high school. Both girls are model students, on track for acceptance into great colleges, and they feel like they deserve a break. In order to fund their theoretical vacation, they come up with a business plan to sell t-shirts advertising The Latte Rebellion--a simple idea that asks people who come from mixed race backgrounds to stand up and be proud of their skin and their backgrounds. What starts as a simp ...more
While this was a cute and short read (technically it was short but it took me a few days longer than what I would have expected not because it was boring but I just had other more interesting books to read and I was also away on business), I’m conflicted on whether or not I actually liked this book.

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
Apr 05, 2011 Doret rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best friends Asha Jamison and Carey Wong, senior year and friendship are threatened after an inappropriate joke at a pool party. Roger Yee, a classmates calls Asha a towel head. Asha and Carey are tired of the misconception and inappropriate remarks of their peers.

"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
I will describe "The Latte Rebellion" as a Contemporary YA novel, which brings into focus the feeling and notion of being of a mixed ethnicity. That was one of the reasons why I was so exited to read it and find out more about the "rebellion".
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
Jillian Heise
Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends

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
Asha and her friend Carey decide that they want a vacation after they graduate high school and the only way to do that is by making lots of money in the months leading up to it. How do they do that when Asha is busy in all AP classes and Carey has a bunch of younger siblings to watch? Well why not sell shirts? At $20 a pop people are bound to buy them!

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
Feb 26, 2014 Darcy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-class, ya
Good things about this book: It does a really great job of bring up and discussing the challenges of being biracial, triracial, quatraracial, etc. Or as Asha explains, many shades of brown. I think this is an underrepresented topic and I am really glad this book is bringing it up and talking about it in a very frank and open way.
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
C.C. Thomas
I had some real problems with this book. I wanted to like and it seemed like just the kind of book I could really get into: plucky heroine striving to right the wrongs of the world and the culture around her.

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"
Dec 27, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess the reason why I gave this book a four stars mainly had to deal with the ending. It wasn't a '' they all lived happilyy ever after'' like I expected it would be. (view spoiler) ...more
Tara (Fiction Folio)
I was really excited to read this book because of the topic it tackles. Racism and prejudice are always taboo subjects, and I highly applaud the author for tackling these important issues. While I did enjoy the book overall, it fell a bit short for me in some areas.

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
Asha and her best friend Carey start "The Latte Rebellion", a website to sell t-shirts and - almost as an afterthought - promote mixed race teens, who don't fit in with any of the ethnic clubs at school. The Latte Rebellion develops a life of it's own however - not selling heaps of t-shirts but becoming a movement in lots of high school. Meanwhile Asha and Carey's friendship suffers, and as Asha spends more time on the Rebellion, she spends less time on school work.

I wanted to like this book, bu
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Sarah Jamila Stevenson is a writer, artist, graphic designer, introvert, closet geek, enthusiastic eater, struggling blogger, lapsed piano player, household-chore-ignorer and occasional world traveler. Her previous lives include spelling bee nerd, suburban Southern California teenager, Berkeley art student, underappreciated temp, and humor columnist for a video game website. Throughout said lives, ...more
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