Love, Hate and Other Filters

Category: Book
By (author): Ahmed, Samira
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Muslim
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Contemporary
Audience: young adult
Publisher: Soho Press
Published: January 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*In this unforgettable debut novel, an Indian-American Muslim teen copes with Islamophobia, cultural divides among peers and parents, and a reality she can neither explain nor escape.
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.
Review Quote*An ABA "Indies Introduce" Selection for Winter/Spring 2018
An ABA IndieNext "Top Pick"
A Spring 2018 B&N Discover Great New Writers Selection 

Praise for Love, Hate and Other Filters

"A deeply moving YA debut."
-Elite Daily ​

"This smart, heartbreaking, honest debut novel is as timely as it is hopeful. Ahmed tackles weighty issues with thoughtfulness and flair. I was completely swept away." 
-Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi

"Love, Hate & Other Filters heralds a dazzling new talent. Samira Ahmed creates a masterful alchemy of heart, humor, profundity, poetry, romance, and humanity. Through the eyes of the richly drawn Maya Aziz, we get a powerful, timely-yet-timeless, and poignant story about the delicate dance of coming of age in two cultures."
-Jeff Zentner, William C. Morris award winner ofThe Serpent King

"A heartbreakingly beautiful debut that weaves together the rush of new love, the shock of old hatred, the pressure of protective parents and the culture clash between generations-in other words, a cinematic glimpse into one experience of growing up Muslim in modern America."
-Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere and The Ship Beyond Time

"Love, Hate & Other Filters made me laugh and made me cry. Maya Aziz is a teen everyone needs to know. Her story-an exploration of the unique challenges Muslim Americans face as she pursues her dreams, falls in love, and finds her place within her family and her faith-is one that will stay with me forever. A much needed addition to the young adult canon."
-Aisha Saeed, author of Written in the Stars

"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."
-Sarvenaz Tash, author of The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love

"Love, Hate & Other Filters shines with heart and hope in the face of prejudice. Samira Ahmed is a bright new star in the YA firmament."
-Marieke Nijkamp, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends

​"In an astute debut, Ahmed intertwines a multicultural teen's story with a spare, dark depiction of a young terrorist's act. The characters are fully dimensional and credible, lending depth to even lighter moments and interactions. Alternately entertaining and thoughtful, the novel is eminently readable, intelligent, and timely."
​​-Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"​Ahmed crafts a winning narrator-Maya is insightful, modern, and complex, her shoulders weighted by the expectations of her parents and the big dreams she holds for herself. Brief interstitials spread evenly throughout the text key readers into the attack looming ahead, slowly revealing the true figure behind its planning with exceptional compassion. Utterly readable, important, and timely.​"
​-Booklist, Starred Review

​"Maya's voice is pitch-perfect; funny, warm, and perfectly teenaged​. ​Sweet and smart with a realistic but hopeful ending, this novel is a great examination of how hatred and fear affects both communities, and individual lives."
-​School Library Journal, Starred Review ​ 

​"The core relationships are authentic and memorable, and the conclusion is satisfying. A well-crafted plot with interesting revelations about living as a second-generation Muslim-American teen in today's climate." 
-Kirkus Reviews

"Ahmed has written a book that will sucker punch you with emotions-much like teen life it is cute one minute and raw the next. It is a masterpiece."
-Rachel Strolle, Anderson's Bookshop Naperville, IL

"A compelling balance of relationship woes, family drama, and racial violence. I really appreciate how this book doesn't pull punches about the reality of being a Muslim teen in the US today, but also gives the protagonist a creative passion, cute boys, and a positive ending. An excellent read."
-Cecilia Cackley, East City Bookshop

"Love, Hate and Other Filters has everything you want in a realistic YA novel: characters that come fully to life; a mix of humor, horror, and romance that add up to the normal high school experience; a protagonist who grows and changes through it all. But in this case she's a Muslim-American and there are terrifying events unfolding in the background that will affect her and her family in a number of ways. This is irresistible, page-turning fiction wrapped around a core that's smart, serious, and thought-provoking."
-Christie Olson Day, Gallery Bookshop

Biographical NoteSamira 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.