Love, Hate & Other Filtersby Samira Ahmed Published 16 Jan 2018
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A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape--perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.
American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.
There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.
"Love, Hate & Other Filters" Reviews
I was anticipating this release. Islamophobia is so present in our society today that I find it important to have teen books with Muslim main characters that can give us their opinion on the issue and make us understand how they feel living in a world in which they are often seen as ‘‘other’’, ‘‘illegal’’ and even ‘‘terrorist’’.
This is then a story that matters. Maya, the seventeen-year-old Muslim-American heroine of this book, matters. Her voice is strong and her feelings are true. She sheds light where is needed and welcomes us, the reader, into her life with open arms. She is kind and patient, even when the world seems to be against her. She is important.
Now I can praise the author for discussing Islamophobia in a non-aggressive and effective manner all day, but unfortunately, we must also discuss the romance since it takes a lot of space in the story. This is understandable, seeing that Maya is seventeen—and most of us were thinking about love at that age as well. However, her juggling two boys—going after a boy that already has a girlfriend, while leading another one on—turned me off.
I can’t exactly blame Maya for letting herself fall in love with someone in a relationship, as she is young and the heart wants what it wants, but I was not charmed by the romance. Maya was, obviously, and I say good for her, but seeing her with the other boys really didn’t make me feel any particular way, except a tiny bit annoyed by the fact that she didn’t feel more remorseful about spending a considerate amount of time with a boy already in a relationship. The girl, who is in the dark about her boyfriend’s dates with Maya, deserves some respect, even if she’s not The One.
Mixed thoughts, mixed emotions. Honest and relevant, but not without flaws.
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This was basically a 50/50 split between fluffy romance feels and a very personal look at racism and hate crimes. I think it was a great balance because it full on tackles some heavy topics, plus it's an #ownvoices author and I think it's amazing and needed! My only problem was honestly the romance...it just didn't work for me on any level lmao but remember I am basically an unfeeling bucket.
I know this book is super important to a lot of people!! I'm really happy it exists!!
+ I have mixed feelings about Maya.
On one hand she's really into filming and being independent and following her dreams (GO WOMAN) and references a ton of movies that I recognise about 0%. A lot of them were old?? I mean, I recognised Casablanca but only the title. I READ, OK??? ALL I DO IS READ. But Maya was also very rude to her parents. I get it. They were smothering her with old ideals and wanting her to be a traditional Good Indian Daughter and Get Married To a Sensible Man and Become A Doctor Or Lawyer ASAP. I get Maya's struggle, but I guess that it's just when they were being super loving/caring of her, she was still always angry at them.
+ So much Indian culture!
I loved reading this and the writing really utilised the five senses and all the foodie scenes? NICE. I was surprised that this book is pitched heavily as being about a Muslim Indian teen, but honestly Maya doesn't talk/act on her religion much.
Ah hahhaa. I mean, it's just VERY romance focused so if you love that!! Then this!! is for you!! But I struggled with how much Maya's happiness depended on her boy(s) and I literally have no idea what she and Phil even had in common. But they had a cRUSH. And that is all that matters when you are 17. There's also a bit of a love-triangle for a while. [spoilers removed]
+ Anyway, it was short and sweet and really delved into the ripple-effect of how racism affects individual lives.
Maya's life is massively threaten after a terrorist attack, with just the hate of white supremists. So even if the attack didn't physically touch her, it had a huge affect on her life and how she was treated, and that's definitely something that should be written about.
An important dialogue, but just the romances felt shallow and splashed everywhere and that's not really my thing.
Gosh, I don’t know where to begin. I already know this book will be on my top books of 2018. I feel like this is one of those books that has changed how I see the world a little bit. That taught me things.
I fell in love with Maya’s character immediately. I wanted to be her best friend. I wanted to stand by her side through everything she went through. The writing was perfect and in every sentence I could feel that this was the story of Samira Ahmed’s heart. I’m so grateful that she shared this story with the world. I will buy any work this author publishes in the future - she’s fantastic!
This is such an important book, and I hope it gets the love it deserves. Similar in importance to The Hate U Give, I hope this book stays on the NYT list for as long as it can, and that people continue to pick it up. I can’t recommend it enough.
We follow Maya who is an aspiring filmmaker who dreams of attending NYU fall short because her parents are afraid of her being away from home.
Maya is a Indian American Muslim teen and loves her country. Then one day an attack happens in another state and the person responsible shares the last name as Maya, only it wasn't her family.
This book touches on so many important subjects. On what it's like to be a Indian American Muslim teen living in a country that is full of people that hate her and her religion. It touches on family life and the importance of family & so many more things.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. Maya was a strong character and had strong beliefs and stood up for what was right. I loved reading about her dreams to become a filmmaker. There is also a super sweet romance in this book as well.
Maya often feels like she doesn't belong in this book and it was amazing watching her progress throughout the book until the end when she felt like she finally was somewhere she was meant to be.
This book was brilliant. It gave me so many feelings, it made m happy, hopeful, sad, angry.
There was so much cuteness, but it was also so heartbreaking at the same time, and it makes me really sad because things that happen in this book, some people actually go through everyday. And it enrages me how people can be so cruel
This book is just really important, and I'm so glad I read it.
P.s I love Maya, she was so strong, and wonderful and inspiring