Love, Hate and Other Filters

Love, Hate and Other Filters

by Samira Ahmed


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ISBN-13: 9781616958473
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 44,993
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Samira Ahmed was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in a small town in Illinois in a house that smelled like fried onions, cardamom, and potpourri. A graduate of the University of Chicago, she taught high school English, helped create dozens of small high schools, and fought to secure billions of additional dollars to fairly fund public schools. She’s lived in Vermont, Chicago, New York City, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @sam_aye_ahm.

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Love, Hate and Other Filters 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
I blitzed through this book with my heart in my throat. Maya was such a likable, refreshing example of a teenage protagonist--a regular girl making choices that propel her toward her dreams, relying on her camera to help her make sense of the world. The culture clash between her and her parents was thoughtfully and honestly portrayed, and I loved how three-dimensional her family felt in spite of their more traditional approach to the world. (See: Maya's parents both working as dentists instead of just her dad, as well as her mom's close relationship with her sister/Maya's aunt, Hina, in spite of the very different paths their lives have taken.) Most importantly, the story doesn't shy away from or attempt to rationalize the unreasonable, irrational Islamophobia that blossoms in the wake of a terrorist attack by a non-white terrorist any more than it attempts to rationalize or explain Maya's fear and anger and sorrow over being cast as un-American on the basis of her religion. The final 100 pages are painful and infuriating and so incredibly necessary, just like the book itself. I can't wait to get my hands on the author's next work.
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! It was so good and multi-layered and held my attention from the very beginning. Maya was so relatable, and I loved seeing her become the person she was at the end of the novel. This was such an engaging, important novel. I honestly can't recommend this one enough.
BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
This one was great! Moving, touching, a little heartbreaking, and finally uplifting. I’m giving this 4.5 out of 5 stars. Thanks to Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review. Maya is a main character that I think a lot of people can relate to…and not just because she’s a slightly moody teenager with overbearing parents. But she finds such joy in film-making (especially when it helps her navigate tough situations), and wants to make something of it. I think a lot of teens are trying to find their place in the world as well. Some have found their calling, while others are still trying to figure it out. Obviously based on the summary, this one isn’t completely happy. There’s some racism/religion phobia going on, so parts can be a little hard to read. In addition to that, trigger warnings for some violence, and terrorism. I loved that we got to see a little of the Muslim culture; Maya’s parents seems to practice more than her, but we still see some of the customs. I think the author did a fantastic job with this book. I can’t wait to see what else she writes in the future! I really liked Hina a lot, and Violet as well. The boys in the book were okay/cute, but I wasn’t super in love. I’d recommend this book to anyone wanting an #OwnVoices author, a diverse book, or a book that shows moments of the good and bad in the world we know today. And finally, can I just say I love the cover?
JDanow More than 1 year ago
Love Hate & Other Filters is a book that I was really looking forward to read, it got great hype and the fact that Ahmed is a debut author was just the icing on the cake for me. I loved the premise of the story and learning more about Indian culture through the characters in this book. Ahmed definitely delivered in that area. Her writing was descriptive and her exploration of feelings was on point. It was a quick moving story that left me turning the pages well into the night. I fell in love with Maya and Phil. I especially loved Violet, she has some real MC potential but Ahmed did a great job of not letting her take over the story. I’d love to see a companion book with Violet as the MC, I digress. The story of Maya and Phil was a cute love story centered in the midst of something so much greater. Their story is derailed by a terrorist attack that hits close to home for Maya and as a result everything she wanted for herself, for her life is flipped upside down. See, the supposed terrorist shares her last name, and as a result Maya and her family have to deal with the insecurities and the intolerance of the people in their community. Islamophobia is a growing problem in our world, and this book is just the tip of the iceberg. The story was haunting and emotional. I personally can’t believe that people treat other people the way they do in this book. It makes me weep for humanity. I had two problems with this book, which is why I only gave it a 4 star rating… I know Maya is 17 and she would have been just a baby when September 11th happened; however, I would have thought that Islamophobia would have been part of her life from the word go. I’m not saying that it should be that way or that I wish that on anyone because I would never do that. But, I think it’s something that has been so prevalent in our society since September 11th that I find it hard to swallow that she doesn’t mention encountering Islamophobia prior to the terrorist attack when she’s 17. Not only that but her parents don’t mention it either, which I find hard to believe. The other problem I have with this book is the ending… To be honest it felt rushed to me. I would have loved to see the way it played out in more detail. I would also have preferred the epilogue to flash a little farther into the future. But, that’s just my opinion. Overall, Ahmed has a great ability to manipulate the written word and weave together a story that will embed itself in your heart. I highly recommend this book, it’s a quick read that is both eye opening and a reminder of what people in this country and world are dealing with. I will gladly pick up any book that Ahmed writes in the future, and I encourage you to pick up this one.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
This wasn't on my schedule to read so soon, but I have been on this contemp kick lately and I think I made the right call in reading this one now. It had everything I wanted, romance, serious and pertinent issues, and characters that I loved! According to her parents, Maya's life is all mapped out for her. She will go to a college close to home and will be paired off with a Muslim boy who her parents approve of. Unfortunately, this is not what's on Maya's list of things to do. She has much bigger plans that involve going to film school and being with someone of her choosing. I had some pretty mixed feelings about the characters. At times I struggled with the main character, Maya. I just felt like she was being completely unreasonable about the things her parents were scared of. And how she handled it was completely out of line. Doing what she did was childish and out of line. But then there were also characters like Kareem and Violet who made everything worth it. I loved them and everything they did for Maya. I also loved the way Ahmed tackled the issue that arose in this book. I applaud her for going a different way than the norm. It was a welcome change than that I thought accurately depicted the world today. I hope this serves as an eye-opener to people who need this wake-up call. As for the romance, my ship sunk, but I called that from the beginning. After getting to know Maya I could tell it would happen. I just didn’t think the person who she ended up crushing on really deserved it. And because of that, it didn’t give me the warm fuzzies that it should’ve. Add on to the fact that it was extremely predictable (I called the ending at about 35% of the book) I was less than thrilled. This is yet another #ownvoices book that I think should be added to a required reading list. This book has a bit of everything and I can’t wait for it to be out in the world.
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up on a Tuesday, and could barely put it down. It was really good. Reading about a girl who used her camera to help her deal with her shyness and awkwardness in public was very unique, but made a lot of sense. I enjoyed the relationship Maya had with her parents, as well as her aunt. The small town she lived in was probably pretty accurate for how things can be. For a while I was mad at Maya for giving up what probably was the perfect guy for one that would only cause her heartache, but in the end it worked out. And while the way even that went when it was time for college was a little heartbreaking, it was realistic, and I liked it. The way her time in the city was portrayed at the end was also fun, especially when I knew the places she was talking about. The short little fillers in between Maya's chapters, telling about the person that would cause so many bad things to happen to people as well as to Maya's family indirectly were very eye-opening, and again heart-breaking. They turned out different than a reader might have assumed from reading the book, and in the end there was even the sympathy you couldn't help but feel a tiny bit for that person who caused all the death and terror. This is a DEFINITE purchase for my school library.
TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I fell in love with Maya immediately. I don’t take to characters that quickly very often. Usually it takes a couple chapters, but Maya is instantly lovable. She’s sweet, kind, and trying desperately to be independent. She is Indian Muslim and with that come certain expectations. Her mother wants her to marry young, and she must marry appropriately. She does not drink wine or eat pork – Islam forbids it. Family and obedience is important, and her parents have a career planned out for her. But Maya Aziz wants to kiss a boy. She wants to go to NYU and she wants to make movies. She isn’t a bad daughter. She doesn’t mean to disrespect her culture. She just wants to follow her dreams, even if that means doing it secretly. Whatever headway she makes vanishes as a terrorist attack in Springfield, OH is attributed to a Muslim man and Islamophobia rears its ugly head. I am not Indian, and I am not Muslim, so I cannot speak to how this book fares in its representation. From what I’ve read in other reviews, I hear that the Indian rep is pretty good (if somewhat stereotypical at times) and the Muslim rep is not as prominent as readers would like. As this is an #OwnVoices book, I like to think that the culture and sentiments expressed as Samira Ahmed’s, and they are true to her. I thought it was great, but I have no right to judge. Beyond that, I absolutely adored this book. Contemporary is very hit-or-miss for me, but when I love it, I really love it. I loved Love, Hate, & Other Filters. I admired Maya’s courage, her friendships, and her normality. She never felt like a caricature, as too often happens in contemporary. She’s rounded, well-written… and as I said in the beginning, so so likable. Violet, her best friend, is steadfast and true. In both Phil and Violet, I like to believe there’s a better version of America than the one that so often makes the news. Neither of these two characters ever see Maya for the color of her skin or where she goes to pray. They are respectful, but not awkward. They are good friends, and prove themselves over and over. The only part I would criticize is the ending. Story-wise, I actually liked it. As someone who was disowned by her parents for several years (after, like Maya, making life choices that starkly stood against their beliefs), it was strange and nice to see that in a book. I imagine it will be an ending like mine – where things are strained but new trust and understanding is sown with the help of others and a relationship is reformed. What I didn’t love about the ending was how rushed it felt. In a few short pages, everything is tied together with a boy in a summary, back and forth in different scenes. After all the time I spent getting to know Maya and rooting for her, it felt anticlimactic. Otherwise, I cannot recommend this book enough. It was thoughtful and intriguing. It added more diversity to YA in places sorely missing it. But I don’t think this book should be read just because it is an #OwnVoices novel. This is a genuinely good book with excellent writing and characters (Hina. Amazing.) and a story that will make readers think about the way their behave and perceive things. There are so many strong quotes and lines and I loved it.