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The Latte Rebellion Paperback – January 8, 2011
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The pages flew by for me and I was surprised at how many pages I'd read after just a half-hour or so. I loved this story and it was a lot of fun to read, but it also raised some interesting questions and revealed prejudices against mixed-race people. I'm not a mixed race person, but the attitudes some people have in this book had me wanting to punch them. It bugs me that people in the real world have this attitude too; I mean, we're in the 21st century- can't we just get over petty things like that? This book is for anyone who's been treated poorly because of who they are, because of something they can't help- gender, race, sexual orientation. It's heartening to read a book like this that gives a voice to the unheard. I was proud of everything Asha and her friends did, as well as everyone who supported the Latte Rebellion, though it may seem weird to be proud of fictional characters, lol.
Speaking of the characters, they were all wonderful (well, you know, except for the ones I wanted to punch) and I loved how multi-layered everyone was.Read more ›
I picked up Sarah Jamila Stevenson's book at the ALA conference in San Diego. I started it in my hotel room before falling asleep, and I finished it on the plane ride home.
The first couple pages sucked me right in. Asha and her feisty best friend stand up for themselves against racial slurs and their stance inspires a crazy money-making scheme to sell t-shirts with the Latte Rebellion logo as a statement of solidarity for "brown" people everywhere who don't fit easily into any categorized "group."
I loved the premise.
Then, the scheme seems to fall into the less noble cause of funding the two girls' after-graduation vacation. For awhile I thought what, this book is about two suburban girls' struggle to earn money for vacation? Why should I care?
But before that question could fully form in my head, the conflict had escalated--to racial tension, to friendship tension, to identity tension, to an educational struggle, to battle against expectations, to potential romance, to physical danger, to a very-real and deep daughter-parent confrontation, to possible expulsion-from school. Asha's whole life is at stake. I cared deeply. And I couldn't put the book down.
Stevenson's pacing parallels the emotion of the book perfectly.
It's a coming-of-age story; it's a story of deciding to stand for priorities, even in the face of losing friends and lifelong expectations. It's a story of coming into one's own as a girl and a young woman.
Sarah Jamila Stevenson has created a multi-layered, complex plot, and a character we can't help but want for a friend.
I want a sequel. I want to know what Asha's doing now.
I loved this book!
Then there are some things I didn't like as much. I felt that the pacing just dragged on a little bit. At times I was trying to get through the book just to get to the end and on to the next one - which is unfortunate because I think there were strong messages in this book. However, I did feel like it read long. Asha narrates this story, so we're very much in her head as the reader. At times, that is helpful, but at times it got a little bit monotonous. Basically, I just wanted more action to be happening faster. The major events were good and I cared what would happen, I just wanted it all told to me sooner. I also felt that it wasn't as descriptive and engaging as I would like.Read more ›
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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... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Hannah @ Paperback Treasures
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... Read morePublished 16 months ago by CC Thomas
Great book, sometimes life tales the best story. Sharing our past help from others future. The author gave a good account of adolescent timesPublished 17 months ago by kellycoolman
The Latte Rebellion is a great read. I would recommend it for anyone over the age of 10, not younger though, because it has quite a bit of foul language. Read morePublished on May 12, 2012 by RachnaK
I liked this book -- a lot, actually. It's a good treatment of the issues that mixed-race kids -- especially those with middle eastern backgrounds -- face, especially since 9/11. Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by Haley Quinn
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. Read morePublished on May 14, 2011 by Madigan McGillicuddy
Multiracial Asha Jamison is called a "towel head" at a party. Deeply offended, she desires to combine two things: spreading ethnic awareness and saving money for a trip to England. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by MS
This was another great Debut novel to start the year off with, the main character Asha was loveable and you quickly bond with her and her everyday type of issues. Read morePublished on March 13, 2011 by StarShadow