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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  11,752 ratings  ·  2,420 reviews
Maya Aziz dreams about kissing boys and going to film school in New York, but miles away, an unknown danger looms. A terrorist attack in another city unleashes fear and hate in Maya's small town, changing her life and disrupting her future. ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by Hot Key Books
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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 absolutel…moreYou'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)
Patia Thompson-Jones This book should be okay for anyone over 12, and probably would be most interesting to those under 20.

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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.


When I saw this book on my feed –
- The MC is an Indian Teen.
Indian. Teen. In.
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
Larry H
Jan 17, 2018 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
jv poore
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
Greetings, parallel dimension. Hello, population of an almost identical but ever so slightly eerie and incorrect existence. To the uncanny valley: salutations.

This book is so persistently and unrelentingly off, so inexplicable in its emotional choices or lack thereof, that I have no choice but to believe I have been struck by lightning / tripped by a cosmic entity / caught up in some light rom-com style time travel and no longer exist in the dimension I formerly knew and tolerated.

This is so god
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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LOVE, 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,
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
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

We 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
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 cruel

This 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
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 more, ...more
Tan Markovic
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviews can be found at:

This 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 religion

This novel dealt with so
Nina (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 Filters more.

Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

CW: Islamophobia, racism, threats, white supremacy, hate crimes

The 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
✨    jami   ✨
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
"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 expectations

Scott (on temporary hiatus)
4.5 stars

"I don't feel brave at all. I feel scared. No camera. No filter. Just my life, totally unscripted." -- protagonist Maya Aziz, on page 251

Love, Hate & Other Filters is a charming, topical, and assured debut novel from author Samira Ahmed. It focuses on Maya Aziz, a Muslim-Indian seventeen-going-on-eighteen high school senior who yearns to attend NYU to become a filmmaker. An American-born only child, she resides in a small satellite town on the outskirts of Chicago with her parents, who
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
↠ 4 stars

I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

This 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, LH&OF is a charming,
kav (xreadingsolacex)
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
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
‘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
Oct 21, 2017 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 passion

Sometimes, 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
Alice (Married To Books)
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 ...more
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
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.
Aj the Ravenous Reader
A thought provoking contemporary YA that is diverse, current, and relevant. It makes me think of the brilliance of young minds because Maya, an Indian-Muslim-American young woman is always in an inner turmoil over her desires versus the desires of her parents. Hers is not a simple act of teenage rebellion but an intellectual battle over the merits and demerits of both of her cultures.

But more than her hunger for self fulfillment is her realization of her fragile and dangerous place in a country
The Hate U Give meets Jenny Han. Yes, really.
[review first posted on younicorn reads]


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 bully
Saajid Hosein
Dec 16, 2017 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. ...more
Sarvenaz Tash
Apr 23, 2017 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. ...more
Books on Stereo
Jan 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Love, Hate & Other Filters is a fluffy romance that just happens to give a surface-level exploration of what it's like to face Islamaphobia in America. Little substance coupled with an over-wrought romance made this a bitter pill to swallow.

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, kissing

Plot: Seventeen-year old Maya Aziz is your not-so-average teenager straddling the line b
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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.
h o l l i s
"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
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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

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