Book Review: Love, Hate and Other Filters

Love, Hate and Other Filters is a book written by Samira Ahmed, a New York Times bestselling author. Samira told the New York Times (NYT) that she had a lot of inspiration to make this book. Her main inspiration was Islamophobia (the dislike or prejudice against Islam religion or Muslims) as she had had her fair share of hurt coming from this superstition. She wanted to capture that in Love, Hate and Other Filters. In the interview with NYT, she said, “My first experience with Islamophobia was during the Iran hostage crisis, I was a young child. I was stunned, truly frozen. I had never heard that kind of language, had never had that kind of hate directed at me. It was a shattering moment, an event that changed my worldview.” Two books Samira referenced were The Grapes of Wrath and In Cold Blood.

Love, Hate and Other Filters is about a young Muslim girl named Maya Aziz that dreams about going to film school in New York and be with a boy that she knew since kindergarten. This dream, though, does not fit what her parents expect her to do. They want her to go to a college close to home and be paired off with an older suitable Muslim boy. Her whole life is turned upside down after a horrific crime, and she must choose where she belongs.

    Maya’s character was well-developed, and her passion for cinematography showed on every page of the book. Many readers who read the book thought the topic of Islamophobia showing up in books was very exciting. Many young readers might like the aspect of the book is uplifting and romantic. 

 The story is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Though the book is not entirely realistic, it is also very truthful at the same time. Some of the scenes were very tense, but others were very uplifting and funny. The ending of the book was a bit of a disappointment, though. 

    All in all, Love, Hate and Other Filters got a 4-star review according to Goodreads.com. This book is perfect for romance and contemporary novel readers. Many people that liked this book also loved The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas. In conclusion, this is a well-written book, and hopefully, many others enjoy it as well.