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The Latte Rebellion

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  613 ratings  ·  141 reviews
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
Paperback, 327 pages
Published January 8th 2011 by Flux
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Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my review for MCBD2018.

The Latte Rebellion
Sarah Jamila Stevenson

“What are you?” Seventeen-year-old Asha Jamison is tired of answering this question. Being a mixed-race person, she constantly feels that both she and others like her have to pick sides in order to fit in. Asha describes mixed-race people as “human lattes”, coming in all shades. From these experiences, Asha and her best friend, Casey, create the Latte Rebellion, a club that raises awareness of mixed-race students as well as
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was ok

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
Diane Mankowski
Jan 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was ok

The kindle edition of The Latte Rebellion was gifted to me by the author, Sarah Jamila Stevenson, so that I could review it for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019. I read the book in early December of 2018 and I rated it 2.75 stars. I found some parts of it enjoyable, but also had some issues with it.
What I liked:
1.The premise of the novel. In The Latte Rebellion, mixed race characters create a group where other mixed race individuals can feel like they belong. I think we could use mo
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Justine W.
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it
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Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 rated it liked it
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.
June Perkins
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Latte Rebellion is a coming of age story, tackling: social justice, friendship, prejudice, social movements, and identity diaspora packaged in a highly accessible and tightly written novel for teens. Asha’s teen struggles are particularly relatable to readers acutely aware of their multiple cultural heritages and who wish to remain true to them all, whilst engaging in a global society and wanting to make a difference. But like many other teens she is: wanting to retain her best friend; inter ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
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Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book "the Latte Rebellion" is about a group of students trying to raise money for a post-graduation trip to London. To raise the money for the trip Asha Jamison and her friend Carey decide to sell some T-Shirts promoting the club that they had started to raise awareness for mixed-race students. Overnight the cause goes viral and the T-Shirts that they had made had become a nationwide movement. As it continues to spread, Asha soon realizes that the rebellion is starting to ruin her life. Asha ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-childhood
this was the first book I ever read where the mc vaguely resembled me, in that we're both indian. asha's mixed, which I couldn't relate to, and I admittedly don't like coffee, but this BOOK, you guys. it's really well-written and takes me back to a time where I was learning not to hate myself because of the way my skin was colored, or when little boys called me a "t.wel-head," the same situation as asha in the beginning of the book.

idk I am very fond of this book and I at least love what it repr
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This was not as satisfying as I hoped it would be. Granted, the author let you know from the start that the scheme was a whole capitalist ploy by bored teenagers. It was inauthentic from the start and it didn’t really get any better.

Yes, the one girl got into it but even so, her involvement was superficial, the group ended up doing nothing. The characters themselves weren’t anything amazing.

It was readable but the story lacked so much oomph.
Phoebe Kwok
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, especially the views about racisim and sexisim. I completely agree that it is unfair that people should be classified as one race when we are all different, just like a 'latte' ( the very creative metaphor used in the book to describe our skin colour ). I highly recommend this book to anyone who's interested in reading about racisim rights.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the energy and realistic dynamic of a high school student taking advocacy into their own hands. Stevenson also developed characters that had both virtues and flaws, and their relationships with each other had honest outcomes. I loved Asha and I would love to have the opportunity to see where she ended up 5 years after this book took place.
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.

Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 rated it liked it
Shelves: y-a, b-fiction
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
Paiton Lee
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book I read is called “The Latte Rebellion” by Sarah Stevenson. The genre of this book is Young Adult Fiction. The main characters of my book include Asha, Carrie, Miranda, Ashas Parents, and Leonard. The setting of “The Latte Rebellion” takes place mainly in a coffee shop or at one of the girls house or at school.
The main plot of this book is that Asha, Carrie And Miranda thought they need to do something about people's mixed ethnicity's and how people suggest their ethnicity whiteout knowi
Apr 20, 2014 added it
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 rated it it was ok
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 Mirza
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
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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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