The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson
After Roger Yee, a Chinese American student, calls Asha, an Indian-Mexican-Irish-American girl, a towel-head during an Inter-Club Council pool party, Asha and her best friend Carey, a Chinese-Caucasian girl, gradually develop an idea to start a club they call The Latte Rebellion. They hope to attract multi-ethnic and racial students at their northern California high school. Refusing to be pigeon-holed into one category, Asha and Carey involve their artist friend Miranda in designing a t-shirt reading Latte Rebellion with a coffee cup logo to promote awareness and raise money for a graduation trip. They set up a website to take t-shirt orders and publicize their ideas, including a manifesto. Their idea takes off, going to more high schools, colleges, the local CSU and UC Berkeley. When Roger Yee uses his student government power to prevent Asha and Carey from forming an official club, they are forced to meet off campus and secretly on campus, due to administration opposition. Their idea spreads like wildfire through the internet, with activities and events springing up all over the country. Asha and Carey learn much about themselves and their goals in life from this experience. While this book contains provocative ideas, but it may become dated due to the references to popular culture scattered throughout the book.
Review by Ellie Goldstein Erickson