Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
My Rating – 4* – 4*
‘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?’
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.
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