Love, Hate and Other Filters – Samira Ahmed
I have heard so much about this book and after hearing it appear in the Rainbow Book Box, a subscription box for diverse reads (check them out!) it moved several spaces up my TBR, so thank you to netgalley for sending me a digital copy so I too can jump on this train.
First love, first heartbreak, first brush with prejudice . . .
A romantic, searing and relevant debut about Islamophobia and how it affects the normal life of a teenage girl.
“I don’t want something . . . expected. I want to go to film school and be the first Indian American to win an Oscar, and then I can meet the One and fall in big, heart-bursting love, and we’ll travel the world, my camera ready to capture our adventures.” My cheeks flush; I know I’m blushing, but I can’t bring myself to shut up. “Oh, my God. I want my future life to be a cheesy romantic comedy.”
He shakes his head. “No,” he says. “You want it to be an epic.”
Maya Aziz dreams of being a film maker in New York. Her family have other ideas. They want her to be a dutiful daughter who wears gold jewellery and high heels and trains to be a doctor. But jewellery and heels are so uncomfortable…
She’s also caught between the guy she SHOULD like and the guy she DOES like. But she doesn’t want to let Kareem down and things with Phil would never work out anyway. Would they?
Then a suicide bomber who shares her last name strikes in a city hundreds of miles away and everything changes . . .
Ok, so honestly, I wanted to read this because I was like 0000 cute YA romance with some sort of camera reference I’m digging this already, but this book is so much more than that. I mean yeah, there is a cute romance and cameras do play a large part with Maya being a film maker, but there is so much going on in this book! It was a joy to read!
This is a book about growing up, its a book about reconcilling what you want for your life alongside what your parents want for you, its abut the culture shock between parents from India, living in America and a daughter who has spent her into life in America with India being nothing more than her parents birthplace. Its an exploration of tradition vs making your own way. It deals with terrorism, inter racial relationships, bullying, family drama and of course recognising your dreams and going for them.
I was expecting a standard YA love story so I feel like I really hit the jackpot with this rich tapestry of a book.
The relationship between Maya and her parents is so fascinating as are her interactions with Kareem and Hina and the romance is super cute and slow building. Guys I was invested.
This book is great. I want more like this please!