Friday, August 5, 2011

The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

"Is your complexion the color of a latte?  A Cappuccino? Perhaps an Expresso?  Have people called you Cinnamon, Caramel, Olive...or just plain Brown?  Do you love to drink coffee?  Help further the cause of Brown people in America!  Join The Latte Rebellion! (pg.28)

Asha and Carey love Latte's and want to go on a trip after high school.  They have absolutely zero cash and they decide to sell T-Shirts and promote The Latte Rebellion at their high school to pay for their trip.  They both happen to be students of mixed race and feel that mixed race students fit into a category all their own and want to capitalize on it.

Their small money making idea begins to gain momentum and eventually spins out of Asha and Carey's control becoming a nationwide movement.  Their friendship suffers, their grades and relationships with their families suffer as well.  Asha faces expulsion from school and the possible exclusion from her college of choice.  The girls need to figure out what is important in life and must rise to meet the challenges. 

I prefer tea over coffee and can honestly say I have never had a latte of any sort. This book makes me want to try a latte for the fun of it and maybe even wear a Latte Rebellion T-shirt (you can actually buy the shirt at   I love the idea this book conveys.  It promotes problem solving, life lessons and creating a social movement for something you believe in.  Drink Up People and Unite in solving today's social issues!

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