Young Adult: The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamilla Stevenson

Asha and her friend Carey are seniors trying to get into great schools for their college years.  Since all of the money they’ve earned thus far has gone into their college fund, they come up with a plan to earn money for a spectacular post-graduation trip to London.  They decide on selling t-shirts that feature the Latte Rebellion to promote mixed race awareness.  Asha deals with the explosion of the Latte Rebellion’s popularity, the sudden withdrawal of Carey, and hiding all of it from her parents.  Interjected into the story are notes from an expulsion hearing that could change her life.

The plot sounded interesting, so I gave this one a try.  Unfortunately, there was nothing spectacular about the book.  It was readable, but it was dragged out a bit.  The ending was anti-climatic, and I never really understood why there was a resistance from authority to the Latte Rebellion.  The book did have some messages about perseverance, but they were balanced out by the cost of sticking to your ideals.  Around NM, few teens understand the whole “application” concept of getting into higher-rated universities.  This seems like a very hit-or-miss book–you either love it or you don’t.  I didn’t.


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