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trigger warning: bullying, islamophobia
Love, Hate & Other Filters, by Samira Ahmed
Expected Publication by: Soho Teen (January 16th, 2018)
Genre: YA Contemporary, Social Issues, Islamophobia
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A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape–perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.
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?
this 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.
to conclude, this book was…beautiful, empowering, enlightening, amazing, hopeful. i couldn’t ask for more in a novel, and i can’t wait for everyone to read it.