A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape--perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.
Love, Hate & Other Filters Review
- January 1, 1970Kat 🦋i just want to state first that i'm not muslim, nor do i know enough about the religion to say if samira ahmed did this book justice, that is the only reason i have rated it 4 stars currently, i may change this once i have read other people's reviews on that aspect.for me, i feel like this was a very important book to read, and the further i got into it the more i knew that the statement was true, i really enjoyed this book. it was such a captivating book from start to finish and i pretty much f i just want to state first that i'm not muslim, nor do i know enough about the religion to say if samira ahmed did this book justice, that is the only reason i have rated it 4 stars currently, i may change this once i have read other people's reviews on that aspect.for me, i feel like this was a very important book to read, and the further i got into it the more i knew that the statement was true, i really enjoyed this book. it was such a captivating book from start to finish and i pretty much finished it in a day which is a record for me at the moment with how slowly i've been reading books!!although i couldn't relate to the events that were happening in maya's life i still felt so completely sorry for her, how she no longer felt safe at her school, what happened with her parents. i just can't even begin to imagine what it felt like to go through those things, but it was so nice to see it being spoken about - these sort of things need to be brought to light more and more often.i loved maya as a character, she was smart and stubborn and she knew what she wanted and she refused to give up on her dream no matter what happened to her.this book was a powerful, enlightening and amazing read and i can't wait for you guy's to experience this for yourself!!➡️ thank you to Hot Key Books publishing and netgalley for the arc in return for an honest review.♕For more reviews, recommendations and bookish chats head over to my blog ♕more
- January 1, 1970ilsa ➹So in case you didn't know, I am Muslim Teen. This book features a Muslim Teen main character.IM PRETTY SURE YOU CAN HEAR MY SQUEALING ALL THE WAY OUT ON JUPITER for those who live there. Let's make this clear, I've never read a YA book with a Muslim main character. And that's partly because there is actually so little of them and that's a problem!So when this sweet little book arrived from the publishers in the mail a few weeks ago I couldn't contain my excitement because 1) MY FIRST PHYSICAL So in case you didn't know, I am Muslim Teen. This book features a Muslim Teen main character.IM PRETTY SURE YOU CAN HEAR MY SQUEALING ALL THE WAY OUT ON JUPITER for those who live there. Let's make this clear, I've never read a YA book with a Muslim main character. And that's partly because there is actually so little of them and that's a problem!So when this sweet little book arrived from the publishers in the mail a few weeks ago I couldn't contain my excitement because 1) MY FIRST PHYSICAL ARC and 2) A MUSLIM MAIN CHARACTER. I REPEAT. A MUSLIM MAIN CHARACTER. AGAHAH, it was so impossible and surreal for me to finally, hopefully see myself in a book.And then from there, when I opened up this book, a lot of feelings came through. Some happy, and some gutted and some angry. +Maya is a good MC.Maya is honestly really sweet; she absolutely loves making movies and has this major crush on Phil, a guy in her class. And she's so rootable and likeable. I could connect with her over the course of the book, understanding her motives and sympathising with her a lot. She was real and very well developed!+The FoodMaya has an Indian background and while I am not Indian, a lot of the food mentioned like samosas and Tandoori Chicken were mouth-watering in a familiar way. YAS. It was so great to see the lovely food part of culture being shown in this book and just added an extra level of depth to the book BECUASE REALISTIC. I eat this food too. I want to eat this food right now. But I mean there's also a lot of cake sharing between Phil and Maya which warms my heart.+So, let's talk about the romance.And here comes the part WHERE I AM SO TORN. So we have Kareem and to me, that was total insta love. I did not ship it and I am glad Maya cut ties with him before anything really developed. And then we have Phil, who is Maya's all-time crush, and that is not insta love. It's developed and I admit, very fluffy. I shipped it and sometimes I thought this book focused to much on the romance.But my problem with this is not about the way the romance was developed. It was about the whole controversy of "Muslims girls dating". And In a contemporary with a Muslim MC, I was hoping this was going to be tackled in some way. But No. Maya just says "I know how to sneak out". But really? She doesn't struggle with wanting a relationship with Phil but also wanting to please her parents. I mean sure she jokes about her parents are not okay with it. But she never feels one ounce of guilt or regret about Phil, concerning her parents and her religion. + And MY OWN PERSONAL thoughts on the Muslim Rep.There was a lot of "culture" in this book but for me, religion is a struggle. There are ups and downs. But for Maya, there was none of that. She never mentions her beliefs in God like things like whether believes in Him or not. She never even talks about her religion, well at least not much. And this is an #ownvoices book so I'm not undermining anyone's experiences. But for me, religion plays a huge part in my life. I think about it. But Maya NEVER thinks of God in her life. At. All. It's like her religion is simply just a label. Look, everyone has their own relationships with their religion, and I'm not questioning that. But if I hadn't been told Maya was Muslim, apart from the terrorist attack and the mention of the Qu'ran from her parents, I wouldn't have known. That's because I never see Maya pray, or think of God, or think of the Qu'ran and struggle with her beliefs or do anything, to show she is a Muslim. And this is a hefty topic because belief is in the heart. But this was 1st person, i wanted to something to relate to. Anything. BUt really Maya only struggles with her Indian culture and not her religion. It's like, WHERE IS ANY SINGLE PART OF HER MUSLIM IDENTITY?!!?! Where are those part fo her, those Muslim parts of her? I DONT SEE IT ANYWHERE.And i'm not expecting a perfect Muslim who prays 5 times a day but there was LITERALLY NOTHING to show she was Muslim. And for a Muslim reader, that's difficult. Becuase I was looking for Muslim rep. Instead, I got Indian rep which is great but a massive seller of this to me was the Muslim representation.Another example is when at one point, Kaleem drinks wine and Maya is dumbstruck. And he's just like "Yeah my parents know. NO BIGGIE" ANd see what I mean? Religion is totally discarded here. And then he jokes "No need to be shocked, Maya. it's not like I'm eating pork.". WHAT NO?? You are not allowed to eat pork, same with drinking Wine. One is not worse than the other. ANd the problem here is that if someone wanted to know whether Muslims were allowed to drink and read this book, they'd probably think the whole Wine being forbidden was a joke. And Islam is not a joke.+I definitely could relate to the Islamaphobia though.She got a lot of hate from Brian which was horribly relatable. And people called her terrorist and things like that and again, shockingly familiar to me. It showed the horrors of hate crime and how "terrorism has no religion" as Maya's dad amazingly said. I'm scared. I'm not just scared that somehow I'll be next; it's a quieter fear and more 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+I feel like Maya a lot of the time was a lovesick puppy.I mean the beginning, the insta love was making me sick. And the cute fluff. It's not the book, it's mostly me because I honestly can't stand cute texts and blushing. Not to mention, Maya is the queen of blushing. I think I've blushed once in my life. We shall forget this okay. So, yeah this was more "me" thing because romance has to be done in a specific way.+AND CAN WE PLEASE HAVE BETTER PORTRAYAL OF MUSLIM PARENTS?!!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!??!?!?I want to freak tear something or punch something right now. Most of the book, we had an amazing portrayal of the parents but realistic as well. But there were parts that irked me. Like the mum fell into every stereotype EVER. "You need to get married", "You need to find a sensible man". And I don't want people to see Muslim parents like that. Maybe that's Indian parents (i don't know) because that's literally what everyone thinks. And now it's just showing that's all Indian/Muslim parents think about. Marriage.And frick, that may be true in some cases. But I really want to see supportive mothers and fathers who don't even care if their daughters get married. Like my mum cares ABOUT OTHER THINGS ABOUT ME. Like all Maya's mum cares about is if 1)Maya gets married and 2) if Maya seats properly. Now, the second one is relatable but the first?!!? Your mum should care about your hobbies, your interests not just if you are going to freaking get married. It annoyed me.I mean it sure was relatable when Maya's mum kept reminding Maya to "eat food" and when Maya says that you are "either too skinny or too chubby" BECAUSE YES I AM HERE WITH YOU MAYA. But (view spoiler)[ THEY LITERALLY DISOWN HER BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO GO TO NEW YORK CITY. And I'm so heartbroken that happened but no. That scene? So harmful. Becuase it made it look like Asian parents don't understand their American Kids. And I found that horrible. Sure it's true in some senses, BUT DISOWNING?!?!?!? (hide spoiler)]+ The Supporting Cast is perfectVIOLET.I wanted Violet to have more of a part of the story but she was always there for Maya and she literally stood up for herself and Maya so many times. I love amazing female friendships like thisPhil is a pure sweet cinnamon roll and I love him. He had his own struggles and he suffered and he's literally the best romantic bean ever.And Kaleem? He backed off after a while and was such a great friend of Maya despite everything. THANK YOU.The honest, pure, kind, HINA had me cheering. Hina is not married and she's a graphic designer and literally my favourite. OMG, WHY CAN WE NOT FOCUS ON HER MORE?! Please give me a whole book on Hina, thanks. She is marvellously great and breaks all stereotypes which are honestly so refreshing to see! AGH Hina supports Maya through everything and it honestly made me smile.I finished this in a matter of hours because the writing was quick and I basically just devoured it. It was engaging, powerful and realistic all at the same time and with a dash of flawless writing and amazing characters, you will not regret this read. However the Muslim rep really wasn't there for me, but there were great Indian culture and a beautiful story! 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."See look, the Muslim sturggles concering society ARE THERE. But the actual belief and religions and teachings? ZILCH.Anyways, the Muslim rep is just me! Other Muslims may think it was great. I did not...really. Still a roller coaster of a book and super intriguing! I WOULD RECOMMEND.more
- January 1, 1970Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ CampbellInstagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || 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 || Amazon || 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 more 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 more 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 more 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 more #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 starsmore
- January 1, 1970Nina (Every Word A Doorway)Love, Hate & Other Filters reads like a more 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 more serious topics in contemporary, then you'll probably like Love, Hate & Other Filter Love, Hate & Other Filters reads like a more 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 more serious topics in contemporary, then you'll probably like Love, Hate & Other Filters more. I'm scared. I'm not just scared that somehow I'll be next; it's a quieter fear and more 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 more 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 more of the plot to the subject of Islamophobia, as she makes some excellent points, but I bet she had even more 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 more, 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 more 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 more 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 more 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.**more
- January 1, 1970✨ jamieson ✨"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 more 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 more 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 more 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 more 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 more 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 more serious, this is your perfect book! Overall I really hope this one gets more 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!more
- January 1, 1970The BookavidBooks 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!
- January 1, 1970AvaWow. 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 more 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 know...there 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.more
- January 1, 1970Fadwa (Word Wonders)i just. how did i get so blessed as to read 3 five stars books in a row. This one is particular hit me hard and all in the right places. It started fluffy and brutally turned real and gutting. which is like life to be honest. how one moment can change everything. and i loved how that was displayed in this book. i love this book with every bit of my heart. And i can't explain how or why just yet. i need to collect my thoughts first.RTC!!!more
- January 1, 1970Sarvenaz TashLove, 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.more
- January 1, 1970BaileyThe Hate U Give meets Jenny Han. Yes, really.
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