Love, Hate and Other Filters

Love, Hate and Other Filters

Samira Ahmed / Sep 24, 2019

Love Hate and Other Filters The instant New York Times bestseller comes to paperback Maya Aziz is torn between futures the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter i e staying nearby in Chicago and being matc

  • Title: Love, Hate and Other Filters
  • Author: Samira Ahmed
  • ISBN: Love, Hate and other Filters
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  • Page: 192
  • Format: Paperback
  • The instant New York Times bestseller comes to paperback.Maya Aziz is torn between futures the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter i.e staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a suitable Muslim boy , and the one where she goes to film school in New York City and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she s only known from afar There s the also th The instant New York Times bestseller comes to paperback.Maya Aziz is torn between futures the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter i.e staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a suitable Muslim boy , and the one where she goes to film school in New York City and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she s only known from afar There s the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on the spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland by chance, he shares Maya s last name What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 312 pages Published January 8th 2019 by Soho Teen first published January 16th 2018 More Details Original Title Love, Hate and other Filters ISBN 1616959991 ISBN13 9781616959999 setting Chicago, Illinois United States Batavia, Illinois United States Literary Awards Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction 2018 Other Editions 12 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Love, Hate and Other Filters, please sign up Popular Answered Questions I cant wait to read this Especially, being a brown, Muslim teenager in America in this time age 25 likeslike 2 years ago See all 4 answers Hana linh_hermione You ve probably read it by now, but if you haven t don t I m a brown, Muslim teenager too, and from my perspective the representation was You ve probably read it by now, but if you haven t don t I m a brown, Muslim teenager too, and from my perspective the representation was absolutely atrocious less flag For what ages is this book appropriate 1 likelike 6 months ago Add your answer Patia Thompson Jones This book should be okay for anyone over 12, and probably would be most interesting to those under 20 flag See all 5 questions about Love, Hate and Other Filters Lists with This Book 2019 Contemporary Releases 152 books 79 voters 2019 Releases I Can t Wait For 407 books 372 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 07, 2018 Fuzaila rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2018, contemporary, chick lit, could have been better, i didnt get the point, indian author books, muslim protagonist, over hyped, romance lovey dovey, young adult UPDATE 18 2 18 I see many of you chanced upon this book looking for a good Muslim rep I did too But this book was far from it I have added some recommendations at the end of the review for those who are looking for good Muslim reps BELIEVE ME, this is not the book you re looking for Hear that faint shriek in the distance Yeah, that s probably me screaming over this book.H O R R I B B L EWhen I saw this book on my feed The MC is an Indian Teen Indian Teen In UPDATE 18 2 18 I see many of you chanced upon this book looking for a good Muslim rep I did too But this book was far from it I have added some recommendations at the end of the review for those who are looking for good Muslim reps BELIEVE ME, this is not the book you re looking for Hear that faint shriek in the distance Yeah, that s probably me screaming over this book.H O R R I B B L EWhen I saw this book on my feed The MC is an Indian Teen Indian Teen In America I NEED I NEED I NEED IT Muslim Rep OMG Yeah, there s seriously too less of them WE NEED DIVERSE YA See, I am an Indian Muslim Teen I might not have seen America, but still, I knew I had to get this book and read it asap Plus the reviews were all 5 starred BONUS Only, when you re expecting to see yourself represented in a book, the book has a way of unduly disappointing you I am so so frustrated by the rep in this book If you don t know the plot yet, Maya Aziz is a 17 year old living in Illinois with her immigrant, conservative parents She loves making movies and intends to make a career out of it She has a crush on a long time classmate Phil Her parents try to set her up with Kareem, a boy they deem suitable Maya s dreams of going to NYU for studies are crushed by the aftermath of a terrorist attack she has no role in.Seems stuffy, doesn t it Well, be disappointed because THE ONLY FOCUS HERE IS ROMANCE You d think that with a Muslim MC, romance might be the last thing to expect But no, Maya has a crush on Phil, a Christian boy They go on dates, swimming lessons IN A BIKINI, kiss, hold hands and spend a night together This is a forbidden relationship in Islam, and the only thing Maya is worried about is her parents grounding her She couldn t even acknowledge the fact that what she is doing is wrong in her morals And btw, in the end, she s romancing another guy, a Hindu nonetheless After all the fussing and falling over Phil, she moves on to another guy Way to go, binch The supposedly cute romance was way too fluffy Like made to feel this way fluff Like, they are too cute together omigod fluff I couldn t think of anything those two had in common Except, maybe a crush on each other I know, I shouldn t be disappointed to see a Muslim girl romancing a Christian boy Everyone has a right to date whoever they want But she never acknowledges her religion, doesn t give it a second thought It s like she was saving face, trying to play cool by not saying out loud that NO, MUSLIMS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DATE BUT I WANT TO SO I DO Someone s ashamed of her beliefs MAYA IS A TERRIBLE EXCUSE FOR A MUSLIM MC Does she pray ever NO Does she even say I m a Muslim NO Does she ever say or do anything on her own that remotely signifies a Muslim NO.I have no idea, why this book was branded as Muslim rep Maya Aziz, is a Muslim only by her last name I wonder if that s the reason why everybody thinks this book is diverse Maya s religion is used as a plot device, to be the butt of terrorist jokes and nothing else So there s one time, when Kareem drinks wine in front of Maya and she seems shocked What do they do, then Laugh over it as if it s a joke Say it s not like I m eating pork Who ever said, drinking wine is allowed and pork is not BOTH ARE FORBIDDEN FOR MUSLIMS AND ONE IS NOT WORSE THAN THE OTHER And if you don t act over it, you at least state the fact Maya, not joke over it because it doesn t matter to you Yeah, not all Muslim girls are hijabis, pray 5 times a day and not drink wine But doesn t being a Muslim rep come with its responsibilities Like say, explain her Islamic ways If Maya never had a Muslim last name, or if it was not specifically mentioned in the blurb, I wouldn t have thought Maya was Muslim, or pick up the book in the first place It is just clever marketing strategy SAY YOUR MC IS MUSLIM, THAT YOU REPRESENT DIVERSE CULTURE, AND YOUR BOOK SELLS HOW CONVENIENT FOR YOU SAMIRA AHMED THE ACT OF TERRORISM SEEMED JUSTIFIED See, at the end of each chapter, there s a small narrative in third person, about the terrorist guy Ethan It is basically about how his Dad was abusive, how he was deeply affected by an unhappy childhood, just how shitty his life is I could not see a reason why that had to be included It was totally unnecessary At first I was lost on these narratives Then I realized that Samira Ahmed is trying to give us the terrorists view of why he did what he did It was like she was covering up for his acts I mean, I get he was mentally unstable and all that, but his morbid past is no excuse for his morbid sins It was as if the author wanted to say This poor guy had an abusive childhood, Let s all sympathize him What frustrates me though, is that, if a muslim guy attacks, then it would have been like That guy has a beard, he s muslim He must be a terrorist How convenient is having a beard and a muslim name, to say he is a terrorist It s like she was saying this guy who is a terrorist and not muslim, has his own reasons wth BUT I M GLAD SAMIRA AHMED TRIED TO SHOW THAT TERRORISM HAS NO RELIGION I m just not convinced it was what she actually meant Also, the subplot started at like 50% into the story, and was over in a few pages After that back to the romance Why did she even bother Seems to me it was just to spice up the story THE INDIAN REP Basically, all you ll get to know about India from this book is that Indian parents are oppressive and we eat samosas all the time Which is utterly FALSE Indians are diverse, we eat a variety of food, and not all Indian parents try to contain their kids And why I was disappointed with the rep was because Maya seemed to hate her culture, her background, her house that smelled of onions I can see why someone who was born and bought up in America might not be fond of Indian culture which is far off to her But that doesn t mean you can t embrace your difference That doesn t make you any American than it makes you any less Indian It was very relatable though Parents bugging you to settle down Those tasty yummy home food The colorful Indian wedding Sorry, but it all gets drowned in the fluff of the romance DESI COMPULSIVE PARENTS I was so glad to see this bought up in this book Someone finally acknowledges how hard it is to live with conservative parents, who dreams your share of dreams too Maya wants to go to Film School in New York City, and her parents allow only after a lot of prodding But after the terrorist attack, they prohibit her from going, and DISOWN her for deciding to go on her own Yeah, that stuff still happens, yeah that sucks But usually they do come around in the end I hope it wasn t written to feel like it was just Indian parents Because seriously, that happens all around the world MAYA IS JUST SO RUDE She has no love for her parents she was just rude to them Yeah, I know, her parents weren t all that supportive, but they loved her My parents are conservative and oppressive, but still I don t raise my voice at them Not just because of respect, because they re my PARENTS And Maya doesn t give a heck about anything As soon as she is out of her parents sight, she goes on a kissing spree She says she wants to be independent But why does being independent have to mean dating and kissing as many boys as I can Like, why can t it just be I am on my own, I am free to do what I please, and I don t care what anyone thinks NO For Maya, independence means she can go to prom and makeout That s the same girl who couldn t even find her voice when Brian cornered her in a food court She was such a scaredy cat then Where was all that bravado with her parents I mean, it was a food court for god s sake Couldn t she like, scream Another thing, she talks about so many movies and some books I don t have any idea about, and well, spoils them all No I don t like spoilers even if I probably am not going to watch those movies or read those books Thanks.On a forward note, please don t pick this book expecting a realistic, accurate Muslim Rep Go for the fluff, the romance I know this is an OwnVoices book, and Samira Ahmed shares her story, but when you put a label on yourself, at least try to do it some justice That s all I ve got to say.I loved this review by Ilsa, she catches on some points I didn t Read it hereFor those who are looking for alternatives, here are some suggestions In no particular order Love in a Headscarf Dwelves somewhat onto the philosophical side, but does a good job of doing what it was meant to Does My Head Look Big in This A lovely representation of Muslim teen in YA Light contemporary, but does ponder over grave issues She Wore Red Trainers My favorite for some personal reasons It is a cute contemporary romance, might feel clich d for some people but I loved it nonetheless Saints and Misfits This book is actually a lot like LHOF, but S.K Ali did a much better job on the representation and religious front Boy vs Girl Centered around two twin teens striving to make the most of the holy month of Ramadhan Gives you a lot better perspective than this book.If you want to read a brief fictious account of Islamic history, I d say Mother of the Believers is the right book flag 192 likesLike see review View all 85 comments Ayesha Qureshi Thanks for this review now I don t have to read it We really do need positive representation and glad I read this review Jan 28, 2019 04 43AM Fuzaila Ayesha wrote Thanks for this review now I don t have to read it We really do need positive representation and glad I read this review I m glad Ayesha wrote Thanks for this review now I don t have to read it We really do need positive representation and glad I read this review I m glad to have been of help Ayesha I know, positive representation are hard to find in literature these days, but I m also glad people are actively seeking the good ones and are open to seeing how representation works and doesn t work Jan 29, 2019 12 42AM Feb 03, 2018 Lola rated it liked it review of another edition Recommended to Lola by A Lib Tech Reads Shelves 2018 publications, social issues, high school, racism 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 l 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 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 Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin flag 125 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Jan 17, 2018 Larry H rated it really liked it review of another edition I guess I don t know how to live the life I want and still be a good daughter Maya Aziz is a 17 year old high school senior, the American born daughter of Muslim Indians Her mother expects her to be the perfectly obedient daughter, intelligent and demure, ready to head to college not far from her Illinois home and study medicine Of course, that will do until her parents find the man she ll marry.Maya, however, has utterly different plans for her future Ever since her father gave her a video I guess I don t know how to live the life I want and still be a good daughter Maya Aziz is a 17 year old high school senior, the American born daughter of Muslim Indians Her mother expects her to be the perfectly obedient daughter, intelligent and demure, ready to head to college not far from her Illinois home and study medicine Of course, that will do until her parents find the man she ll marry.Maya, however, has utterly different plans for her future Ever since her father gave her a video camera when she was younger, she feels most comfortable observing life through a lens She dreams of a filmmaking career, and secretly applied to NYU so she can study her craft But how will her parents take the news that she s ready to move far away from home and live her own life On the romantic front, Maya can t help but be intrigued by Kareem, a handsome college student and fellow film buff with whom her parents hope she ll make a match He s everything her parents want for her, yet beyond being a suitable boy, he has a bit of an independent streak as well, and he clearly is attracted to Maya So why is it that all she can really think about is Phil, a friend since childhood and the star quarterback of her high school football team, and one half of the school s most popular couple As Maya tries to navigate her life the best way she can, she learns that there is far to Phil than meets the eye, but she can t let herself think about him romantically when he s dating someone else Besides, his not being a Muslim would pretty much rule him out in her parents eyes if she ever had a chance with him anyway.When a terrorist attack happens in the state capitol, all of Maya s dreams are dashed She once again realizes the prejudice she and her family and other Muslims face when something tragic happens As violence and threats hit even closer to home, Maya wants to push past her fears and let her parents know that life and her future can t stop moving forward, but they are determined to protect her by clipping her wings To what extent should she pursue her own path, and what will that mean for her relationship with her parents And what about Phil I m scared I m not just scared that somehow I ll be next it s a quieter fear and insidious I m scared of the next Muslim ban I m scared of my dad getting pulled into Secondary Security Screening at the airport for random questioning I m scared some of the hijabi girls I know will get their scarves pulled off while they re walking down the sidewalk or worse I m scared of being the object of fear and loathing and suspicion again Always Love, Hate and Other Filters is, in a lot of ways, two books in one It s the story of an independent, creative girl determined to live life her own way, despite expectations and customs to the contrary, and it s a look at how all of her brashness is powerless in the face of love she doesn t feel entitled to In that way, it feels like a typical YA book, and Samira Ahmed really lets you into Maya s heart and mind.At the same time, this is a book about the prejudice Muslims face in our country, especially since 9 11 It tells of the fears Muslims have when they hear of an incident, how they hope against hope the perpetrator wasn t a Muslim so it won t cause people to look differently or angrily at them, even though they have nothing to do with what happened It s also a story about how hard it is to decide whether to give in to your fears, to let them control you, or to fight them head on.I really enjoyed this book, although at times it felt a little disjointed between the two storylines But Ahmed created really engaging characters, many of whom transcended stereotypes, and she did throw a very unexpected twist in as well I loved Maya and found Phil, Violet, Kareem, and Hina to be pretty fascinating I wouldn t have minded if the book was longer, because I wanted of their stories Love, Hate and Other Filters definitely gives you something to think about, but it s not heavy handed in its messaging It s a worthwhile, enjoyable read, although it may skew a little younger than many recent YA books I ve read See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at flag 112 likesLike see review View all 7 comments May 27, 2018 Warda rated it liked it review of another edition When I initially heard about this book and the attention it was getting, I was excited I mean, finally, we have books where a Muslim is our main character I really did enjoy this book I loved that Maya was adamant on pursuing her passion I understood the suffocation she felt when it came to her parents, though they never mean her harm As a 17 year old, you will not understand the irrational fear immigrant parents constantly feel At that age, your concern aren t your parents, it is yourself When I initially heard about this book and the attention it was getting, I was excited I mean, finally, we have books where a Muslim is our main character I really did enjoy this book I loved that Maya was adamant on pursuing her passion I understood the suffocation she felt when it came to her parents, though they never mean her harm As a 17 year old, you will not understand the irrational fear immigrant parents constantly feel At that age, your concern aren t your parents, it is yourself Now, I have to address the relationship since it played a major role Honestly, I rather have read about Maya and her film documentaries The reality is that as a Muslim, dating marrying a non Muslim is just not happening We all know how our parents have raised us Boys are just a no no Especially when you consider how much of our lives is influenced by our faith, though that didn t necessarily play a role in Maya s life Another reality is that even though our faith teaches this, Muslims still do it And there s a lesson in this in that being a Muslim and what Islam teaches are two different things What people choose to do and what our faith commands, can be on two opposite sides of the spectrum, and regardless of whether this is right or wrong, it so happens to be a reality of our world More books with Muslim characters should be released and I m glad this is happening as our stories are vast and diverse in itself Islamaphobia is real and rampant and as a Muslim, especially as a woman who wears a hijab, you automatically have a constant target on your back So I appreciate books with Muslim main characters that shed light on different cultures and upbringing and showcase that our faith does play a significant role in our lives, irrespective of whether it is practised or not Humans are humans at the end of the day Overall, the story was quite weak to me, though enjoyable There could ve been so much exploration with Maya and her dreams as well as her relationship with her family and friends that were touched upon but not expanded For that reason, the story felt flimsy and not satisfying In need of a light read, because my brain feels fried And I m excited about the Muslim rep Let s see how Muzlamic this book is going to get flag 96 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Nov 30, 2017 C.G Drews rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 3 star, contemporary, read 2018, young adult 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 romanceit 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 feeli 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 romanceit 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 Romance 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 view spoiler But lmao let s not forget that at the end of the book they re like bye have fun at college and then the epilogue is her with ANOTHER BOY Holy wow Also, while we re here who the heck paid for her college after her parents disowned her EDIT okay so apparently it was her aunt, but the book never indicated her aunt was that rich 0_0 hide spoiler 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 flag 92 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Jan 03, 2017 jv poore rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves teamrocks, own it arc, adolescence, emigration immigration, prejudice racism, social issues, young adult, donated, family, heyssel classroom First and foremost, this book is exquisitely authored Beautiful, not in a flowery, colorful sort of way but rather in a raw, natural, simple yet stunning kind of way And so, a snap shot of Maya s senior year dating, spring break, planning for college as an Indian Muslim American would be wholly satisfying, entirely engaging and enlightening But it would only scratch the surface With a wide lens, Ms Ahmed provides perspective contrived categories soften into truer compilations To most of First and foremost, this book is exquisitely authored Beautiful, not in a flowery, colorful sort of way but rather in a raw, natural, simple yet stunning kind of way And so, a snap shot of Maya s senior year dating, spring break, planning for college as an Indian Muslim American would be wholly satisfying, entirely engaging and enlightening But it would only scratch the surface With a wide lens, Ms Ahmed provides perspective contrived categories soften into truer compilations To most of Maya s peers, her parents are almost unreasonably strict Maya may secretly agree, but at least they aren t exactly the fire and brimstone types Aware of her family s limited leniencies, Maya is surprised when Kareem, a desi Muslim, has a glass of wine But, as he points out, it s not like I eat pork More importantly, he is not a white American boy Like Philip.And so, the scene is set But, a somber tone seeps through Snippets of seething anger and frustration simmer to a frenzied, desperate desire for revenge Building tension becomes tangible An explosion is imminent.The inundation of information immediately following a blow up is, unfortunately, often inaccurate and incomplete Even egregious, these initial errors are what people tend to remember By the time facts have been collected and the whole, true story can be told no one is there to listen Life goes on, public perception remains unchanged Except for the person presumed guilty And his family Or everyone with his last name Love, Hate and Other Filters is the rest of the story and it is relatable and relevant flag 68 likesLike see review View all 7 comments jv poore Aza wrote Your review is amazing not surprising Thank you I had been looking forward to this book for a long time and it was exponentially t Aza wrote Your review is amazing not surprising Thank you I had been looking forward to this book for a long time and it was exponentially than I had hoped for Feb 01, 2019 07 20PM Aza It kind of reminds me of the book The Hate U Give Is it similar or has a different plot Feb 02, 2019 01 58AM Jan 28, 2018 Korrina OwlCrate rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 s 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 flag 65 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 15, 2018 Heather rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves ya contemporary 3.75We 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 an 3.75We 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 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 flag 52 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 14, 2017 Nenia Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out of Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention Campbell rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves poc interracial, ya ya land, netgalley Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestLOVE, HATE OTHER FILTERS seems to be being billed as the Muslim version of Angie Thomas s THE HATE U GIVE Superficially, they have similar plots both feature young women of color who, while firmly entrenched within their respective culture, struggle with balancing the American part of their heritage when faced with so many contradictions Also in both books, the girls must reconcile their identities with a racially geared tragedy, Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestLOVE, HATE OTHER FILTERS seems to be being billed as the Muslim version of Angie Thomas s THE HATE U GIVE Superficially, they have similar plots both feature young women of color who, while firmly entrenched within their respective culture, struggle with balancing the American part of their heritage when faced with so many contradictions Also in both books, the girls must reconcile their identities with a racially geared tragedy, and deal with the ensuing onslaught of hate and bigotry that ensues.The problem with this comparison is that THE HATE U GIVE is a much better book It s raw, angry, passionate, and politically charged daring in a way that LOVE, HATE OTHER FILTERS is not That isn t to say that LOVE, HATE OTHER FILTERS is a bad book it isn t but it isn t as moving or as powerful as THE HATE U GIVE To say it bluntly I can easily see THE HATE U GIVE being taught in schools as a modern classic, like Laurie Halse Anderson s SPEAK, or Sandra Cisnero s THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET I can t say the same for LOVE, HATE OTHER FILTERS.Setting such unfair comparisons aside, though, this is a very good book and it s an OwnVoices book to boot The story is about seventeen year old Maya Aziz, a Muslim Indian born to immigrant parents who resides in Batavia, Illinois She has dreams of dating and kissing boys, and wants to pursue her interest in photography and movies by studying film in New York Her parents are very strict, however, and want her to stay closer to home, in a traditional profession, like being a lawyer.Maya has friends, and has crushes on two very different boys over the course of the novel She loves her parents, but also chafes at their traditional outlook It seems like it s going to be a typical coming of age story, as viewed through and Indian and a Muslim lens, but then tragedy strikes, and Maya and her family find themselves thrown into the spotlight when a building in Chicago is bombed by a terrorist, and one of the suspects has the same last name as Maya and her family.There are many wonderful aspects to this book I really enjoyed how central Maya s culture is to the book, and how much of a focus her burgeoning identity as not just a young woman but also an artist and a Musliam American Indian plays in the story There are the expected references to Bollywood and daal, but the book also covers tradition, dating, arranged marriage, education, family, love, and disappointment The book also deals with bigotry and Islamophobia, and interwoven with Maya s narrative is that of the bomber himself.I honestly thought this latter portion was the most interesting, because of what wasn t said It s very subtle, but if you watch the news, you ll pick up on it quickly All too often, crimes committed by people of color, particularly those of Middle Eastern decent, are labeled as acts of terrorism and yet, when the perpetrator is white, some news outlets are far likely to drop the terrorist label and instead lament about what must have happened to turn the person down the path of destruction, replete with sad interviews and childhood portraits It was painful to read these parts, because they are a sad reflection of what happens in every day life, and this was the part that, to me, felt most similar to THE HATE U GIVE because it forces the reader to confront uncomfortable truths.I really enjoyed LOVE, HATE OTHER FILTERS It s so wonderful to see OwnVoices YA coming out and so many of them are very good This one is very good and I look forward to seeing what my friends make of it when it comes out next month Thanks to Netgalley the publisher for the review copy 3.5 to 4 stars flag 45 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Feb 17, 2018 Abbie boneseasonofglass rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves contemporary, arcs 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 cruelThis 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 flag 43 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jun 09, 2017 Laura rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves young adult, contemporary, read in 2018 I so wanted to love Love, Hate Other Filters and I do see the importance in the story I only wish it wasn t filled with all the extra fluff and insta love that only distracts from the actual topics at hand And I was excited to see an Indian American Muslim teen as the star of the story, but was confused when if I wasn t told she was Muslim, I wouldn t have had a clue besides her parents There s nothing that seemingly ties Maya to her religious beliefs Maybe if that had been explored m I so wanted to love Love, Hate Other Filters and I do see the importance in the story I only wish it wasn t filled with all the extra fluff and insta love that only distracts from the actual topics at hand And I was excited to see an Indian American Muslim teen as the star of the story, but was confused when if I wasn t told she was Muslim, I wouldn t have had a clue besides her parents There s nothing that seemingly ties Maya to her religious beliefs Maybe if that had been explored , I wouldn t feel this way It just feels like it was a plot device to connect the story to the terrorist attack and have displays of islamophobia which I did appreciate This is a real, very scary thing I wish that had been central to the story, though.Instead, this feels like a coming of age, rom com type of novel with a serious topic thrown in and, at times, brushed over Yes, there is a terrorist attack In fact, the chapters alternate with an anonymous voice who appears to be on a bad path We know what it is leading up to, but that doesn t make these pages feel any less haunting The majority of the story is with Maya, an Indian American Muslim teen Her parents have expectations involving going to school close to home, becoming a lawyer or doctor and marrying a suitable Muslim boy Maya has different things in mind She wants to go to films school in New York and maybe date the football player she s been crushing on since elementary school or someone else.A love triangle of sorts ensues for the first half of the book There s the aforementioned football player and there s also the type of boy her parents would be pleased to see her end up with This really all felt too fluffy for me and just wasn t my kind of book I m not into too much romance Not the book s fault, but I was here for other things.After the terrorist attack occurs, the islamophobia comes to a head Hate crimes occur and the effects these have on Maya s family are displayed It is an excellent portrayal of how something can occur and cause ripple effects into the lives of people not even remotely involved.Certain aspects of the representation of Indian Muslim felt stereotypical and rubbed me the wrong way I am not Indian or Muslim, so I don t feel comfortable speaking on these things I did really appreciate Fuzaila s review.Overall, the book is diverse and an important read I would ve enjoyed it if there hadn t been as much romance involved in the plot flag 41 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 28, 2018 Tan Markovic rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley arc 2018 Reviews can be found at booknerdtan.wordpressThis story broke and warmed my heart in equal parts Maya Aziz is an Indian American Muslim whose ultimate dream is to go to study at NYU and eventually become a filmmaker Her parents ultimate dream for her is very different, however The story shows Maya s struggle between wanting to follow her dreams and not letting down her parents and the type of prejudiced behaviour that is directed at her because of her religionThis novel dealt with so Reviews can be found at booknerdtan.wordpressThis story broke and warmed my heart in equal parts Maya Aziz is an Indian American Muslim whose ultimate dream is to go to study at NYU and eventually become a filmmaker Her parents ultimate dream for her is very different, however The story shows Maya s struggle between wanting to follow her dreams and not letting down her parents and the type of prejudiced behaviour that is directed at her because of her religionThis novel dealt with some serious topics and also managed to be hella soppy as well I actually enjoyed the romance Maya had even though it was OTT at times and I really liked Phil s character he always remembered things about her culture which I thought was sweet It was so sad to see that Maya had had to deal with racism from such a young age and the abuse she receives after the attack broke my heart and her future progression is almost destroyed because of someone else s bigoted actions You can sense her isolation throughout the novel as she struggles with where she fits in and how her views and her parent s views can be in harmony I like the fact that this novel mirrors the way in which the media news decides to describe white terrorists compared to Islamic terrorists The white terrorists always seem to come with a sob story and a typical loner was always so quiet description.Highly recommend this read to all I received an ARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review I would like to thank them, the publisher Hot Key Books and the author Samira Ahmed for this opportunity flag 39 likesLike see review Oct 20, 2017 Nina Every Word A Doorway rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arcs, realistic fiction Love, Hate Other Filters reads like a serious When Dimple Met Rishi It is because of its comparison with the latter that I ve decided to bump up the rating from 3.5 to 4 stars The two books, both written by authors of Indian origin one Hindu, one Muslim , cannot but be compared due to the way they are written and the themes they touch upon However, if you didn t like Dimple or simply crave serious topics in contemporary, then you ll probably like Love, Hate Other Filter Love, Hate Other Filters reads like a serious When Dimple Met Rishi It is because of its comparison with the latter that I ve decided to bump up the rating from 3.5 to 4 stars The two books, both written by authors of Indian origin one Hindu, one Muslim , cannot but be compared due to the way they are written and the themes they touch upon However, if you didn t like Dimple or simply crave serious topics in contemporary, then you ll probably like Love, Hate Other Filters I m scared I m not just scared that somehow I ll be next it s a quieter fear and insidious I m scared of the next Muslim ban I m scared of dad getting pulled into Secondary Security Screening at the airport for random questioning I m scared for the hijabi girls I know getting their scarves pulled off while they re walking down the sidewalk or worse I m scared of being the object of fear and loathing and suspicion again Always As with most YA contemporaries, Love, Hate Other Filters didn t dig as deep as I would have liked and entailed a strong focus on romance Nonetheless, Sara Ahmed has achieved a compelling depiction of an Indian Muslim girl s battle with parental expectations, prejudice in a country she was born and calls home, and the joy and pain of a first crush I am not a Muslim and thus cannot judge this book from a point of authenticity I review diverse books to my best knowledge and as a human being who cares However, I suggest you also check for reviews by minority readers.Before discovering this debut on NetGalley, I had never even heard of this title I cannot fathom why this title hasn t been talked about, considering how much Ahmed had her finger on the pulse of time with her debut Though I had few expectations, I did hope that the author would make a strong statement The author s foreword had already moved me before I had even met her characters Let me be frank I am tired of people generalizing the behaviour of individuals I am tired of narrow minded people projecting the actions of a handful onto billions In my native tongue, we call this mindset putting people in the same drawer , which means we categorise humans like objects based on what they have in common When radicalised individuals run vehicles into human crowds, people seem to instantly forget that killing innocents is a sin in Islamic doctrine, that a majority of Muslims lead peaceful lives, and that just as many condemn these actions as harshly as non Muslims do The mindset of categorising is poisonous Last year, I was out with a Muslim friend of mine when a mosque was attacked nearby, and I realized that hate crimes weren t just on the news , but right around the corner We cannot tolerate this poison s spreading.Which is why I m glad Samira Ahmed decided to write Love, Hate Other Filters.Samira Ahmed uses a different term for prejudice, and that is filter She cleverly combines the main character s passion film making with how vision works Our vision, our judgement, can be clouded with strong emotions, be it love or hate or something else entirely Maya Aziz lives a quiet life in the US, one of her biggest issues being badgered by her parents about law school, when she really wants to pursue film making and an unrequited crush Until a terrorist attack renders her and her family a target of hatred The title of Love, Hate Other Filters mirrors this book s content to a fault Foremost, we get a love story, but it is interwoven with a storyline of prejudice in the aftermath of a terrorist attack To be frank, I had expected the terrorist attack to occur sooner in the book, because I had read half the book before the turning point came This allowed for elaborate introduction of the characters and a development of the romance, which is positive in the sense that the hate Maya encounters is not what defines her, it is not how we get to know her However, it also let the romance steer this car I would have liked Ahmed to dedicate of the plot to the subject of Islamophobia, as she makes some excellent points, but I bet she had even in stock Not only does Ahmed highlight racist reactions to the attack, but also Maya s immediate response of fear, which is one of the most eye opening things you might ever read Ahmed s words exquisitely capture the thoughts Maya, as a Muslim, develops because a handful of terrorists claim to believe in the same god she does A terrorist attack Another tragedy Is there no end Is this how life will always be I want to know , but there is one piece of information I absolutely hope I don t hear I whisper a prayer to the universe Please, please let everyone be okay Please don t let it be a Muslim My father picks up where my mother leaves off These terrorists are the antithesis of Islam They re not Muslim Violence has no place in religion, and the terrorists are responsible for their own crimes, not the religion and not us I interrupt my mother Too bad none of that matters We all get painted like we re un American and terrorist sympathizers, no matter how loudly we condemn terrorism and say it s un Islamic It s guilt by association The rest of the story reads like your average YA romantic contemporary To my own fascination, the book managed to take a romance I would ve normally hated and turn it into something I liked I also have to admit that, in spite of my complaints, the premise is very open and non deceptive about its focus on romance It begins with a love triangle, but quickly dissolves into a clear choice, with Maya making a healthy and respectful decision role model love triangle here, folks Ahmed chose an interracial romance to demonstrate mutual respect of culture, such as the love interest remembering not to bring pork to a picnic But most importantly, I thought that Love, Hate Other Filters was going to feature another sappy romance with a unicorns rainbows ending, and I was surprised Ahmed handled the romance maturely and realistically, and was, as such, very down to earth She has, in a way, somewhat restored my faith in YA contemporary.The Indian parents theme encountered in When Dimple Met Rishi is dominant in Ahmed s debut as well As with everything, this daughter parent relationship took on a serious note than in the aforementioned book Ahmed questions the line between a good daughter and an obedient one, between protective parents and overbearing ones The clash of generations, values, and beliefs is strong in this book I also liked the important role of Maya s aunt Hina, and how this side character is instrumentalized to call attention to the courage it must take for an Indian woman to defy traditions and stereotypes.Overall, I d consider Love, Hate Other Filters an enjoyable, diverse read of utmost importance in the time of current political movements The book was short and could ve packed of a punch, but the likable female lead, the down to earth take on young romance, and the compelling points made about Islamophobia were a pleasant surprise I appreciate this book s existence, and it was a good start to addressing contemporary issues, such as prejudice, racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia I hope will follow I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review My thoughts are my own Quotations may be subject to change in the final copy This book hasn t stirred a lot of a fuss yet, and I m not sure why The book s topic prejudice, hatred, Islamophobia is of utmost relevance right now We use Insta filters voluntarily, but there are other filters, subtle and barely noticeable ones, clouding our judgement every day I sincerely hope Samira Ahmed can deliver a powerful blow to prejudice with her debut novel I have received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review flag 36 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Oct 16, 2017 jamieson rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017 reads, arc, contemporary, diverse lit, romance, young adult You might have heard this before, but guys aren t always the best communicators You re pretty good at it Yes Kareem says, then leans back with both hands behind his head I am rather great, aren t I Yet again I m here to praise an ownvoices contemporary novel 2017 is the year for it, so many authors are killing this LOVE, HATE OTHER FILTERS was one of my most highly anticipated releases of this year and yet it still managed to impress me and go above and beyond my expectationsLove You might have heard this before, but guys aren t always the best communicators You re pretty good at it Yes Kareem says, then leans back with both hands behind his head I am rather great, aren t I Yet again I m here to praise an ownvoices contemporary novel 2017 is the year for it, so many authors are killing this LOVE, HATE OTHER FILTERS was one of my most highly anticipated releases of this year and yet it still managed to impress me and go above and beyond my expectationsLove, Hate Other Filters follows Maya Aziz, an Indian American muslim teen who dreams of going to film school and has a big ass crush on a boy at her school It s mostly a coming of age novel, with cute romcom elements, but it s also a serious exploration of being a brown muslim girl in modern America and how people react to that What I loved this book is it found such a perfect balance between fun and serious For the Fun stuff This book kind of reads like a romantic comedy There s a love triangle briefly, but it s killed off so don t worry if you hate them , there s funny banter and cute fluffy moments and lots of descriptions of incredible eyes and dimples and the usual but what was good was that this was all so CUTE, not cringey and awkward I really liked that, the romance made me happy, not uncomfortable which was NICE And I think why the romance was so good was because the male characters were my favourite kind of male character Aka, soft, sweet boys who care about feelings and are NICE NICE BOYS They are my favourite kind and I was so here for Phil, the love interest, and Kareem, a love interest brother kinda figure to Maya One light aspect of this book I LOVED was that Maya had a hobby she was passionate about and wanted to take further For some reason hobbies in YA are rare and I loved that Maya was pursuing her film passions so heavily One downside of this was that the heavy use of film references was hard for me because I didn t understand most of them I m scared I m not just scared that somehow I ll be next it s a quieter fear and insidious I m scared of the next Muslim ban I m scared of dad getting pulled into Secondary Security Screening at the airport for random questioning I m scared for the hijabi girls I know getting their scarves pulled off while they re walking down the sidewalk or worse I m scared of being the object of fear and loathing and suspicion again Always but on the serious side, this book tackles a variety of important and relevant issues Islamophobia, racism, and current events such as terrorism and the muslim ban in America were all addressed, in a way that was eloquent and important and relevant Maya, the main character, was an incredible character through whom most these discussions were facilitated I think the author perfectly captured Maya as a character caught in a complex situation, and allowed her to express a variety of reactions and emotions to the issues which made her feel authentic and realistic rather then a spokesperson caricature Love, Hate Other Filters also explores the dynamic first generation Indian teens have with their parents and cultural challenges they face I m not a first generation teen or an immigrant so I can t comment on if this was well done, but I did find the exploration interesting to read and I definitely enjoyed reading that perspective I recommend Kav s review on this aspect though, because she talks from a informed standpoint about how she felt on the representation of Maya s parents REPRESENTATIONWant to slot in I think you should read Maha and Fadwa s review of this book as they are ownvoices reviewers This book is OwnVoices for the Indian American Muslim rep btw My father picks up where my mother leaves off These terrorists are the antithesis of Islam They re not Muslim Violence has no place in religion, and the terrorists are responsible for their own crimes, not the religion and not us CONCLUDING THOUGHTSHonestly, I highly recommend this book I think a lot of people could really love it It s doing what YA is great at right now producing fun, relatable, cute content that also taps into the social political climate and makes a meaningful commentary In this day and age I don t think you can afford to be tone deaf and this book perfectly finds a balance between serious and non serious issues Ultimately, this book just looks at what it is like being someone like Maya in America both the regular tv stuff we always see crushes, school and friends, as well as the serious, racist rhetoric that some teens have to endure everyday I really loved this, and I woud of given it five stars if it weren t for the ending that I just didn t love view spoiler the book ends with her and Phil getting together but then in the epilogue they ve split up idk I just didn t like it it really annoyed me hide spoiler I haven t read When Dimple Met Rishi but I m hearing from quite a few people if you think liked the representation in WDMR, but thought that Dimple was annoying and wanted something a little serious, this is your perfect book Overall I really hope this one gets hype and that everyone reads it on Jan 16 when it comes out It was incredibly cute and fun, whilst also being relevant and informed Also, it s so short and packed such a massive punch Love love lovethankyou to Hot Key Books for providing me with my arc, this review is my honest opinion on the book flag 30 likesLike see review Nov 04, 2017 Fadwa Word Wonders rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2017 reads, 2018 releases, contemporary, muslim mc, ownvoices, poc indigenous rep, young adult, all time favourites Full review originally posted on my blog Word Wonders CW Islamophobia, racism, threats, white supremacy, hate crimesThe minute I heard about this book my excitement for it went through the roof and I moved Heaven and earth to get access to it I even offered a limb or two on twitter and a friend of mine came through and I finally had it in my hands at the start of November I literally dropped all my plans and dived into it And let me tell you, I can t believe this is a debut, it s brillia Full review originally posted on my blog Word Wonders CW Islamophobia, racism, threats, white supremacy, hate crimesThe minute I heard about this book my excitement for it went through the roof and I moved Heaven and earth to get access to it I even offered a limb or two on twitter and a friend of mine came through and I finally had it in my hands at the start of November I literally dropped all my plans and dived into it And let me tell you, I can t believe this is a debut, it s brilliant, well executed and so so full of emotions I honestly adored every bit and every aspect of this story.The writing is simple and really easy to follow while carrying a punch of feelings I wasn t bored of it for one second and I thought it did a really good job fitting both the light AND the heavy parts of the story The chapters are the right length and there are paragraphs that serve as chapters breaks and those added so much to the story, they gave me actual chills because of how much mystery they held, they were chunks of thoughts that I didn t know what to do with, like a little puzzle that made sense the I read.Love, Hate and Other Filters is multilayered and tackles not just one but a few of the issues a muslim teenagers can face Let s start with the Islamophobia, which is made so clear from the synopsis A terrorist Attack happens and that turns Maya s life upside down and inside out At first, I thought it took too long for that part of the plot to happen but then as I read on I realized that that has a purpose The attack serves as the middle point between the Before and the After and that really shows the whole impact perfectly How Maya started being targeted, how she lost her freedom, how it even destroyed her relationship with her parents.And that s the thing most people don t know, when things like this get pinned on muslims they don t only destroy our relationships with people outside the community but inside of it too, that fear creates tension which makes people say and do things they normally wouldn t and hurt people they re close with It s just the reality of things and I appreciated that so much I appreciated how true it was, how raw and sincere it was while being very sensitive to the issue.I fell in love with Maya s voice from the first paragraph of the book and I am not even kidding nor exaggerating She has such a strong voice, funny, snarky but still super awkward when the opportunity shows itself It was refreshing to see a muslim teen like her, she was relatable to the teen I was, a little bit lost in her faith, struggling between what she wants and what her parents want from her, but most of all having a dream and stopping at the face of nothing to achieve it I know she won t be relatable to all Muslims, I know she might even offend some but I loved her, related to her and that meant everything to me.Her character development was so authentic and realistic, every emotions she felt hit close to home, from every little joy and achievement to the despair and helplessness she felt when everything came tumbling down Not only that, but also, the path the author chose to take with the romance with Phil, her family life, her school life, all of it felt wholesome and the ending was just really hopeful the way it was I adored that about it I felt like that ending showed that the story wasn t about terrorist attacks or even romance but truly about Maya s life and choices and how she handles what is thrown her way Some of the decisions she makes are right, some are wrong but they re all hers.Special mention to Kareem because I honestly loved that guy so much, he had this wisdom that emanated from him, never judgmental, never condescending, he was always there for Maya whenever she needed with just the right words and it was nice to see a muslim guy in that kind of character, instead of the stern guy who doesn t care about girls I m used to reading about.All in all, I loved Love, Hate and Other Filters and how it challenges some ways of thinking and stereotypes in very subtle ways while still being a wholesome and very engaging story flag 30 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 13, 2018 Ellie faerieontheshelf rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves ya lit, contemporary, recieved for review, stand alone novels 4 stars I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewThis was the first book I started in 2018 that I wasn t carrying over from 2017, and it was a great read to ease me into the year Love, Hate Other Filters is being marketed as a YA Contemporary about Islamophobia, and I was incredibly interested to dive into it considering I do not read many books about real life issues and I have always wanted to rectify this.At it s core, LHOF is a cha 4 stars I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewThis was the first book I started in 2018 that I wasn t carrying over from 2017, and it was a great read to ease me into the year Love, Hate Other Filters is being marketed as a YA Contemporary about Islamophobia, and I was incredibly interested to dive into it considering I do not read many books about real life issues and I have always wanted to rectify this.At it s core, LHOF is a charming, YA contemporary not only about what it means to be a teenager, but what it means to be an Indian Muslim teenager in America I personally found this book incredibly illuminating, and I m so glad I read it I also didn t find it difficult to understand at all the challenges the protagonist faces are displayed in a very interactive, engaging way so that the message clearly comes across Initially, LHOF appears to be merely a YA contemporary romance, but then half way through the narrative a terrorist attack occurs which dramatically changes Maya s life At first I thought the event came a little late into the narrative, then I realised it very effectively portrayed how one s everyday life can be rocked by a sudden change that can come at any time and in any place The narrative also flowed well and the book felt a suitable length despite it being on the shorter side.Maya was an enjoyable heroine and her passion for film was really sweet and well built I thought the desi culture was lovingly illustrated and it was incredibly enjoyable to read about a culture which has different traditions and familial bonds from my own TL DR Undoubtedly recommend this book if you d like to read a well presented book on one of the central issues which affects society today Incredibly easy to get into but not too heavy either, making it easy to read and digest without losing any of its meaning This review is also available on my blog faerieontheshelf.wordpress flag 32 likesLike see review Apr 05, 2018 Romie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 releases, contemporary, grl pwr, representation matters, the book bound society, asian rep of my heart Violence has no place in religion, and the terrorists are responsible for their own crimes, not the religion and not us I read a few reviews before writing my own, just to see if I were the only one who enjoyed this book but didn t adore it.I honestly thought it was good for a debut novel, not necessarily mind blowing, but definitely promising Do I feel bad for not falling in love with this book Yes Incredibly bad I just wanted to love it so much And then it didn t happen and it breaks my Violence has no place in religion, and the terrorists are responsible for their own crimes, not the religion and not us I read a few reviews before writing my own, just to see if I were the only one who enjoyed this book but didn t adore it.I honestly thought it was good for a debut novel, not necessarily mind blowing, but definitely promising Do I feel bad for not falling in love with this book Yes Incredibly bad I just wanted to love it so much And then it didn t happen and it breaks my heart because I know how much this book means to some of my friends.Maya is nearly 18, a senior at her high school, and want to go to New York to study at NYU to become an Oscarised filmmaker But her parents would prefer her to study Law at a university in Chicago, somewhere not too far from where they live Maya was born of two Indian immigrants, and although they came to America to live a better life, it doesn t mean they left behind their values nor their culture And for Maya, as an Indian American, it can be hard sometimes to reconcile the two very different cultures.I loved Maya as character, she was really fleshed out, I knew exactly who she was, her dreams, her hopes, her fears That s something you cannot take away from this book, how well written the characters were, each and every one of them I loved that she s so passionate about documenting her life, how she never leaves her camera behind, that s something I could relate to so badly Also, I loved that this book shows how teenagers can be passionate about something, how it s not just something adults can experience, teenagers and young adults get to be passionate about something Maya is passionate about becoming a filmmaker, it s an important aspect of the book, and that s one of the things that makes it so enjoyable to read Unfortunately I didn t think the romance was amazing I also liked Phil as a character, but their romance felt too insta love to me We learn at the beginning of the book that Maya has a crush on him, but that he has a girlfriend, and then he doesn t any and it all happens kinda all of a sudden I saw where Maya was coming from, but just because I already knew she had a crush on him, but Phil I don t know One moment he had a girlfriend and the next he was into Maya He was sweet, I liked his interactions with Maya even though they were corny at times, but overall he s a character I appreciated But I still didn t buy their romance Friendship why not, but not the romance.Because I don t know want to finish on a bad note, I was keeping the thing I liked the most about this book how it deals with islamophobia The only thing I feel was kinda meh is how the book is sold as Maya having to deal with islamophobia after a terrorist attack happens and the presumed terrorist shares her last name, but this doesn t happen until at least half the book But yeah, I still liked a lot how islamophobia is denounced Maya and her family are put through a lot for being Muslims, they get hate crimes, Maya is bullied and physically attacked And I m glad Maya didn t just keep her mouth shut, this book shows how important it is to denounce islamophobic people, because if you don t, who knows what they will do next And why would these people deserve to walk away with murder They don t Islamophobia should not be left unpunished.So yes, overall I enjoyed this book, the way the characters were written, the interactions between them, but I feel like the romance took too much of the book It s a short story, only 255 pages long, and I think that if it had been a bit longer, the romance and the other part of the story could have been a bit developed The romance is my only real complain I liked how fierce Maya was about studying at NYU, how brave she was flag 27 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 28, 2016 The Bookavid marked it as to read review of another edition Books about islamophobia are so important and I m so happy that this is a thing I m not so happy about the release date Oh boy, that s far away flag 27 likesLike see review Oct 21, 2017 Ava rated it it was amazing review of another edition Wow I don t have words to describe this book Please preorder it so you can experience the magic for yourself It s incredible.Now that I ve had a day to process this book, let s get into some of the things I loved about it a protagonist with a passionSometimes, it feels like in YA we have characters that don t really do anything besides talk about their love interest and go to school Or if they DO have a passion , it s mentioned once and then never again LOVE, HATE, AND OTHER FILTER Wow I don t have words to describe this book Please preorder it so you can experience the magic for yourself It s incredible.Now that I ve had a day to process this book, let s get into some of the things I loved about it a protagonist with a passionSometimes, it feels like in YA we have characters that don t really do anything besides talk about their love interest and go to school Or if they DO have a passion , it s mentioned once and then never again LOVE, HATE, AND OTHER FILTERS is not one of those books Our main character, Maya, has a passion for filmmaking, and it is incredibly apparent in what she does and how she sees the world a Muslim Indian protagonistWhile not existing as a guidebook to the culture of Muslim Indians, this book shows the importance of Maya s culture and how it affects her daily life This is the kind of representation that is needed in YA What it will do for Muslim and or Indian teens to see themselves in a book like this can t be put into words It s absolutely incredible centered around relevant, important topics while also including fluffy elements of typical YA contemporariesI am so impressed by how well this book balanced the above two things For me, it was reminiscent of THE HATE U GIVE in how it dealt with such heavy topics and then lighter ones It keeps an incredible mix of hard themes like terrorism and Islamophobia and easy ones like romance and college complicated family dynamicsMaya loves her parents, but she also loves herself, and she struggles between her dreams and her parents dreams for her This was so realistic and something that many teens can relate to This was not a case of the absentee parents that has become a trope in YA Maya s parents were fleshed out characters that had reasons behind their actions, and there were many layers present in the relationship between Maya and her parents an incredible best friend relationshipMaya s relationship with her best friend, Violet, was not the focal point of the story, but it was still fully developed and important, and I loved seeing the bond they had and what they did for each other haunting 3rd person snippets between chaptersBetween each chapter, there is a snippet that doesn t fit into the regular first person narrative and instead is a script from a TV show, or a snapshot from a different, unnamed but crucial to the story character s life, and these fit so well into the story that I was amazed They add an extra level to the book, and are incorporated masterfully Haunting is the only way I can think to describe them after reading, you won t forget about these extra pages anytime soon gorgeous writingThis is a self explanatory point, but one I wanted to mention anyway, because I adored the writing style of LOVE, HATE, AND OTHER FILTERS and thought it fit so well discussions about collegeCollege weighs heavy in Maya s mind, and is a large part of the story I loved how it was, because for many high schoolers, thinking about college is a huge part of our lives It isn t something we can just forget about, and it was the same for Maya an amazing romanceI have to include this as my last point, and I don t want to speak too much about it so I don t give away any spoilers, but just knowthere is a fantastic romance in this book LOVE, HATE, AND OTHER FILTERS is a book that can appeal to all readers It is truly a masterpiece, and I can t recommend it enough This is a must read flag 26 likesLike see review Nov 18, 2017 kav xreadingsolacex rated it it was amazing review of another edition Disclaimer I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This is no way changes my review.Somehow, this novel managed to be the perfect balance of cutesy fluff while still tackling important issues LOVE, HATE, AND OTHER FILTERS is a coming of age YA novel about Maya Aziz, a Muslim Indian American teen, who adores film making and would do anything to pursue it.Let s start with the fact that Maya has not only a hobby, but something so dear to her heart that she would do Disclaimer I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This is no way changes my review.Somehow, this novel managed to be the perfect balance of cutesy fluff while still tackling important issues LOVE, HATE, AND OTHER FILTERS is a coming of age YA novel about Maya Aziz, a Muslim Indian American teen, who adores film making and would do anything to pursue it.Let s start with the fact that Maya has not only a hobby, but something so dear to her heart that she would do absolutely anything to pursue it Rarely are these kinds of dedications showcased in YA literature, which is totally unrealistic because whereas there are some teens who don t have any particular hobbies for lack of a better word, there s also a significant portion of teens who do have them and that s necessary to showcase as well Maya s dedication to film was showcased so well throughout the novel and it was obvious the author knew about film had done her research because it was done so realistically and perfectly.This novel also had a brilliant romance in it The romance was so well developed, literally the definition of slow burn, and actually worked It was cheesy and definitely fell into a few stereotypes, but the chemistry between the two characters was developed so well and they really clicked on multiple levels.Speaking of chemistry, there were some other key relationships to acknowledge in this novel The relationship between the Maya and her best friend was BRILLIANT Maya s best friend would actually die for her and vice versa and it was so refreshing to see two girls prioritize each other without any jealousy at all between them The two supported each other without faltering and it was beautiful.Now I need to talk about the fact that this novel tackled anti Islam rhetoric so well I can t speak to anything personal as I not Muslim, but I have heard from multiple Muslim friends that they enjoyed the rep and I am aware that this novel is also ownvoices If you would like to hear from actual Muslim reviewers, I would highly recommend checking out Fadwa wordwoonders and Maha ayounicornreads thoughts here on What I can say is that from my perspective, I thought the anti Islam rhetoric was handled perfectly, but I do want to warn you that it is prevalent in the novel as is violent in case that triggers any readers out there I don t want to go too into detail as to prevent spoilers, but all I can say is that it is tackled and challenged throughout the novel.Finally, I want to comment on Indian rep as an Indian American teen Maya, like me, is also Indian American and I have to say that there were a few aspects that rubbed me the wrong way I felt that the relationship between Maya and her parents fell into some stereotypes of classic Indian parents who tend to be over protective and over bearing Throughout the novel, Maya criticizes Indian culture a lot and I agree that there are things to criticize, I just wish that it was balanced with some positives of Indian culture as those are also present HOWEVER, I did not lessen my rating because I know that this is an ownvoices perspective and as I know that not every rep will resonate with every reader, just because I did not resonate with this, it doesn t mean that this won t resonate with other Indian American teens and I trust that the author wrote true to her circumstances.Essentially, to sum up, I would, without a doubt, recommend that everyone support this novel when it comes out in January, flag 25 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 15, 2018 Alice Elizabeth marriedtobooks rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves read in 2018 I m just Samira, what did you just do to my feelings I needed a few days to digest all of my thoughts for this one together and come back with a somewhat helpful review for everyone to read The novel follows seventeen year old Maya, a Muslim girl who aspires to go to a prestigious film school in New York City and follow her dreams of producing films in the film industry Her parents however, are very overprotective of her and instead want her to study Law at a different university Durin I m just Samira, what did you just do to my feelings I needed a few days to digest all of my thoughts for this one together and come back with a somewhat helpful review for everyone to read The novel follows seventeen year old Maya, a Muslim girl who aspires to go to a prestigious film school in New York City and follow her dreams of producing films in the film industry Her parents however, are very overprotective of her and instead want her to study Law at a different university During the last few months of high school, a shocking incident occurs that changes everything for Maya and her family Love, friendships and freedom all are affected by what happens What an emotional read, that was both heartwarming due to Maya and Phil s friendship and heartbreaking due to the Islamophobia around 2 3 of the way through It was a short but powerfully contemporary novel that really packed a punch and left me wanting to explore novels with Muslim representation Personally, I wasn t too keen on the romance between Maya and another character Kareem Although, I could relate to Maya s dreams of having crushes and falling in love since I ve personally experienced the same thing Maya s parents I found were characters that were very unlikeable I would read this again T W Islamophobia, Verbal and Physical Assault flag 23 likesLike see review Mar 11, 2018 Aimee Aimee, Always rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2018, ha ha not funny, i am not pleased with that cliffie, oh the fluff, predictable, review soon, swoony book boys, unpopular opinion Erm, well I m pretty confused about my feelings towards this one On one hand, I loved the realistic representation of family and friendship the heroine has a solid girl friendship that reminds me so much of my own BFF On the other hand, the romance was way over done, and the real world issue about Muslim hate took a bit of a backseat.Actual rating 2.5 stars Full review soon Wait for it on my YA book blog, Aimee, Always flag 23 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 11, 2017 Bailey rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2017, advance copy, debut, female author, identity, young adult, women crushing it, ownvoices The Hate U Give meets Jenny Han Yes, really flag 21 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2017 Saajid Hosein rated it really liked it review of another edition I recieved an arc via a twitter giveaway for anyone who was Muslim, Indian and lit Well the last part wasn t specified, but should be understood Review coming on my channel flag 20 likesLike see review Oct 09, 2017 Maha rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves diverse, love love love review first posted on younicorn reads SIX STARSthis is one of the most important books i have ever read i can t even begin to describe how much i loved it not only it was real, it was also fun and captivating and it now holds an important place in my heart.LOVE, HATE, AND OTHER FILTERS is about sixteen years old Maya, whose only wish is to achieve her dreams and kiss a boy, but a terrorist attack comes in the way, and the suspect shares her last name Maya is faced to islamophobia and bully review first posted on younicorn reads SIX STARSthis is one of the most important books i have ever read i can t even begin to describe how much i loved it not only it was real, it was also fun and captivating and it now holds an important place in my heart.LOVE, HATE, AND OTHER FILTERS is about sixteen years old Maya, whose only wish is to achieve her dreams and kiss a boy, but a terrorist attack comes in the way, and the suspect shares her last name Maya is faced to islamophobia and bullying, which may be in the way of accomplishing her dreams as a muslim teenager, even though i do not live in an non mulsim country, i could relate to the events, the insults, maya s feelings, her parents these are things that happen every single day marginalized people are being harrassed, on the internet and in real life and seeing these things FINALLY talked about, i feel hopeful samira ahmed knew how to deliver a powerful story of love and hate and other filters of life pun intended, the title is very wisely chosen throughout the book i felt like i was watching a movie, and that the person in charge of the camera was very very talented, just like maya, who has a really strong personality and who ALMOST shares my name she knows what she wants, and even though she s not a 100% sure of what she s doing, she never stops to dream i love her the other characters also had a powerful impact on me, especially violet, maya s best friend conclude, this book was beautiful, empowering, enlightening, amazing, hopeful i couldn t ask for in a novel, and i can t wait for everyone to read it flag 19 likesLike see review Apr 23, 2017 Sarvenaz Tash rated it it was amazing review of another edition Love, Hate Other Filters hit so close to home, it sometimes hurt to read I laughed at Maya s wry observations and wept at her profound ones this book is a searing, honest portrait of what it really means to be a Muslim American teen loyal to two cultures and figuring out how to carve out a space of her own in between flag 19 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2018 Janani rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves favorites, 2018 favorites, asian authors, contemporary fiction, poc author artist mc, north american authors, arcs, women nb gf authors protags, ya, romance Get your wallets out and pre order or put it on hold from your library if you haven t already.Full review to come.UPDATE Full review, first published on The Shrinkette. Thanks so much to Edelweiss and Soho Teen for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Trigger Warnings Anti Islamic verbal statements and incidents, domestic terrorism, bullying, physical assault, suicide bombing, kissingPlot Seventeen year old Maya Aziz is your not so average teenager straddling the line bet Get your wallets out and pre order or put it on hold from your library if you haven t already.Full review to come.UPDATE Full review, first published on The Shrinkette. Thanks so much to Edelweiss and Soho Teen for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Trigger Warnings Anti Islamic verbal statements and incidents, domestic terrorism, bullying, physical assault, suicide bombing, kissingPlot Seventeen year old Maya Aziz is your not so average teenager straddling the line between two worlds one where she s expected to be the good Indian daughter to conservative Indian parents, well mannered, possessing decent culinary skills, and on her way to college to become a lawyer, and the other where she goes to film school in New York City, and maybe kiss this white boy she s been crushing on for a while now She s busy living her life with her best friend Violet, sneaking off to spend time with the crush, and making documentaries, when an act of domestic terrorism results in absolute upheaval in Maya s life I often hear readers complain about how contemporary fiction can sometimes be too predictable, falling into a few standard tropes with the players dressed in different costumes, lacking imagination and the ability to draw them in Well, I m happy to report that isn t the case with this book Sure, there s teens, there s angst, there s conflict, a plethora of emotions, but Samira Ahmed has managed to deliver a gorgeous coming of age story that doesn t necessarily cater to the formula She s done such a great job combining the fluff, the angst, and serious relevant issues, drawing the reader into what turns out to be a very compelling novel Maya as a protagonist and narrator is such a wonderfully developed character She has super conservative Indian parents, and Her relationship with them resonates with I think a lot of diasporic Indian kids parents who worked extremely hard and made sacrifices to ensure their kids have good lives, parents who want their kids to have steady and secure futures, who are afraid that their kids not growing up in their homeland means that all their morals and values will be lost, parents who want to keep their only child close by because they re hesitant of the world they will have to send them into, and parents who rebelled for their own life choices and then turned around and promptly became the same naysayers the previous generations were, because they re conditioned to react that way to new experiences All of the best interests at heart but unable to recognize that their children are growing up in an environment so different from their own and navigating their own challenges These traits can seem like stereotypes of Asian parents, but to me they were written and portrayed from such an honest perspective, and several times I felt such empathy for Maya My parents don t share all of those qualities, but they most certainly fall into several of these archetypes It s always simultaneously comforting and frustrating to see this represented so accurately, especially in YA fiction teen me would definitely have benefited from reading books like this one This again, is not necessarily representative of all Indian parents we re not a monolith , so I m sure these characters arcs will resonate with some and not with others.Besides her complicated relationship with her family, Maya is an ambitious girl with big passions, which is so great to see Film making is clearly not just a hobby, but her passion, and her tenacity is evident by the lengths she s willing to go to in order to make it happen for her I m a big fan of ambitious teens of color who are unapologetic about their passion They re unabashedly nerdy about this thing that they love and determined to figure ways to make it happen for them, it s very affirming.An integral portion of this book is how it tackled anti Islamic rhetoric and events, and this is where it shines without turning into just an issue book Throughout the novel are tiny microaggressions interspersed in the narrative and appropriately challenged , all leading up to the tumultuous event that casts a dark shadow on this small town A brutally honest portrayal of what it s like to be a Muslim in America in the aftermath of an incident of domestic terrorism Maya s own reactions and experiences, as well as that of her family s, how it affects their relationship with each other, their choices, their fears, and how they re viewed in the eyes of their small community Samira delivers with gut punching accuracy This makes it such an important book, not just in terms of representing Indian American Muslims, but a book that should be read by those outside that community, and give them some food for thought on how they could be complicit in maintaining such a rhetoric and how they can be solid allies As for the romance and the side characters, these were equally well done There s a bit of a love triangle early in the book that s resolved quickly, and the romance is pretty cute for the most part bit of an overkill with the mentions of Phil s dimple, but hey, that s an alloromantic thing you can t avoid I guess Her friendship with Violet is just awesome love me a supportive best friend all day everyday Hina is the aunt that dreams are made of, what an amazingly supportive parental figure and buffer The dual narrative was fine, I don t think it did much for the story, but it didn t get in the way either All in all, an absolutely emotional and gratifying story Samira s prose is gorgeous, and Maya s wit and sarcasm is brilliant and cracked me up throughout the book Full of nuance, with the ability to kickstart several important conversations among readers, Love, Hate, and Other Filters is a well rounded and gripping debut P S In case you re looking for some ownvoices reviews of this book, I m linking both Fadwa and Maha s reviews for further reading flag 20 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 31, 2018 Jeann Happy Indulgence rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves young adult, own voices, diversity This was such a cute, diverse contemporary that also didn t shy away from the harder topics like Islamophobia, racism and the pressure of parental expectations I loved the Indian representation and the overbearing caring parents, discussions of arranged marriages and cultural practices Full review to come flag 18 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 27, 2018 ambsreads rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves contemporary, favorites, romance, young adult REVIEW CAN ALSO BE FOUND HERE, AMONG OTHERS, ON MY BLOGTrigger Warnings Islamophobia, terrorism, white supremacy mentions, bullyingR E V I E WLove, Hate and Other Filters deserve all the hype I was pretty much sucked into the story straight away I feel like this book is one almost everyone needs to pick up Not for the fact, it is beautifully diverse but because I feel like the plot really held an important message to follow your dreams despite the opinions of others.Adding to the importance REVIEW CAN ALSO BE FOUND HERE, AMONG OTHERS, ON MY BLOGTrigger Warnings Islamophobia, terrorism, white supremacy mentions, bullyingR E V I E WLove, Hate and Other Filters deserve all the hype I was pretty much sucked into the story straight away I feel like this book is one almost everyone needs to pick up Not for the fact, it is beautifully diverse but because I feel like the plot really held an important message to follow your dreams despite the opinions of others.Adding to the importance of this book, its ownvoices Which I will do my best to edit this post and include ownvoices reviews when they come along I won t be speaking on any of the diversity because it really isn t my lane to talk about the culture or inclusion, I will be talking about the plot and characters instead.L I K E S NOT YOUR TYPICAL STORYMaya wasn t your typical YA heroine Love, Hate and Other Filters wasn t your typical story either I m not even sure how to really put it into words but it felt different There was depth in this contemporary novel than many others I have read I mean, obviously there s a focus on romance in this book considering the title has the word love in it but it really doesn t become the centre of the plot Maya is dedicated to following her dreams of becoming a filmmaker, which I ll talk about in my next point It was just so great to see a female character not forget her ambition or even be embarrassed by what she wants to do, even after a boy is introduced to the plot I am so tired of seeing that point used time and time again I mean, one of the most important things to me is that the romance didn t continue once the book ended I m typically not an open endings fan, but in this case, I feel it really went well with the story PASSION ISN T FORGOTTEN FOR A BOYThis was probably my favourite of all things The main character continues recording and filming whenever she is with the boy He even supports it and talks to the camera It was honestly really sweet But, Maya s goals never wavered She was going to go to New York and be the first Indian woman to win an award for her films I just love to see young women following their aspirations and not being deterred WRITING IS INCREDIBLEI really can t say much on this point The writing is incredible Honestly I can t speak on the accuracy of the cultural aspects but I presume it is similar to what Samira Ahmed grew up with I just love the style itself, it was captivating and so easy to follow.D I S L I K E S DISAPPEARING FRIEND ACTMy main problem with Love, Hate and Other Filters is that there was the disappearing friend act from Maya s best friend It seemed the friend was only there when she proved useful Obviously, when she was useful she was But, every other time it seemed she disappeared, either out of the country or just there as a convenient reason for Maya to lie to her parents Which, obviously all teenagers do but the friend really stayed on the sidelines of everything and was just there to encourage Maya to do what she wanted and disregard her religion MAYA S RELIGION IS NEVER THOUGHT OFIt seemed that Maya never once thought of God or her religion, only disgruntledly thinking about it in regard to her parents That s all I ll say on the matter because I am not religious in the slightest and I don t want to disrespect anyone by accident.Overall, Love, Hate and Other Filters quickly reached one of my top favourite books of the year and it s only January I am so excited to read of Samira s work I just don t have enough words to describe this book If you re looking to buy any books over at Book Depository you definitely should , feel free to use my affiliate link I gain a small 5% commission at no extra cost to you I highly recommend purchasing this particular book flag 16 likesLike see review Jul 21, 2017 Hollis rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 reads, arc, contemporary, ebook, family focused, romance, ya, finished in january 2018, not all the feels but some, own voices Terrorism has no religion. LOVE, HATE OTHER FILTERS should probably be required reading This is a story that is not just representing a Muslim character and her family, but unflinchingly setting them up against the backdrop of a terror event Maya is already struggling against her family s wishes, structure, and expectations She doesn t want to go to a local school and be a doctor, marry a man hand picked by her parents She wants to move away, have adventure, and record it all on film Terrorism has no religion. LOVE, HATE OTHER FILTERS should probably be required reading This is a story that is not just representing a Muslim character and her family, but unflinchingly setting them up against the backdrop of a terror event Maya is already struggling against her family s wishes, structure, and expectations She doesn t want to go to a local school and be a doctor, marry a man hand picked by her parents She wants to move away, have adventure, and record it all on film But the dangers of the world, of being a target just for the colour of your skin, a shared last name, a religion, has the walls closing in on a future free of her own choices A meet cute with the suitable Indian boy The hot football player at my locker I was joking with myself earlier, but now I m wondering how it s possible that I ve stepped into the most predictable teen rom com ever.Ahmed also meshes these coming of age situations alongside some sweet YA romance I ll admit that I did feel the love story got a little too much focus by the end of the book, despite introducing great characters in both love interests, but I thought the resolution was actually totally realistic and mature I m scared of being the object of fear and loathing and suspicion again Always.Who am I to judge the truthfulness of the representation in this story I can t I enjoyed a lot of it, even if some of the parents hypocrisy bothered me and they felt a little too typical for their role in the story Between that and the heavier dose of romance, however, it did lose a little love from me the I thought about it all But nonetheless the story draws you in Ahmed weaves in a dual narrative that keeps you breathless and on the edge of your seat even as the sweetness of Maya s life, her doubts and hopes and her teenage struggles, balance the scales I would definitely recommend this even if it seems my rating is a little low There s a lot of worth in this story and I look forward to from this author.3.5 destiny is a bloodsucker, and not the swoony, sparkly vampire kind stars I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review flag 15 likesLike see review View all 10 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity YA Buddy Readers Love, Hate Other Filters By Samira Ahmed Restarting August 3rd 2018 31 43 Aug 06, 2018 02 07AM The Book Bound So April 2018 Love, Hate Other Filters 1 17 Mar 21, 2018 09 27PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        SAMIRA AHMED was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in Batavia, Illinois, in a house that smelled like fried onions, spices, and potpourri She currently resides in the Midwest She s lived in Vermont, New York City, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango.A graduate of the University of Chicago, she taught high school English for seven years, worked to create over 70 sma SAMIRA AHMED was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in Batavia, Illinois, in a house that smelled like fried onions, spices, and potpourri She currently resides in the Midwest She s lived in Vermont, New York City, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango.A graduate of the University of Chicago, she taught high school English for seven years, worked to create over 70 small high schools in New York City, and fought to secure billions of additional dollars to fairly fund public schools throughout New York State She s appeared in the New York Times, New York Daily News, Fox News, NBC, NY1, NPR, and on BBC Radio Her creative non fiction and poetry has appeared in Jaggery Lit, Entropy, the Fem, and Claudius Speaks.Her writing is represented by Eric Smith of P.S Literary


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    1. UPDATE 18 2 18 I see many of you chanced upon this book looking for a good Muslim rep I did too But this book was far from it I have added some recommendations at the end of the review for those who are looking for good Muslim reps BELIEVE ME, this is not the book you re looking for Hear that faint shriek in the distance Yeah, that s probably me screaming over this book.H O R R I B B L EWhen I saw this book on my feed The MC is an Indian Teen Indian Teen In UPDATE 18 2 18 I see many of you chanc [...]


    2. 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 l I was anticipat [...]


    3. I guess I don t know how to live the life I want and still be a good daughter Maya Aziz is a 17 year old high school senior, the American born daughter of Muslim Indians Her mother expects her to be the perfectly obedient daughter, intelligent and demure, ready to head to college not far from her Illinois home and study medicine Of course, that will do until her parents find the man she ll marry.Maya, however, has utterly different plans for her future Ever since her father gave her a video I gu [...]


    4. When I initially heard about this book and the attention it was getting, I was excited I mean, finally, we have books where a Muslim is our main character I really did enjoy this book I loved that Maya was adamant on pursuing her passion I understood the suffocation she felt when it came to her parents, though they never mean her harm As a 17 year old, you will not understand the irrational fear immigrant parents constantly feel At that age, your concern aren t your parents, it is yourself When [...]


    5. 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 romanceit 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 feeli Thi [...]


    6. First and foremost, this book is exquisitely authored Beautiful, not in a flowery, colorful sort of way but rather in a raw, natural, simple yet stunning kind of way And so, a snap shot of Maya s senior year dating, spring break, planning for college as an Indian Muslim American would be wholly satisfying, entirely engaging and enlightening But it would only scratch the surface With a wide lens, Ms Ahmed provides perspective contrived categories soften into truer compilations To most of First an [...]


    7. 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 s Gosh, [...]


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