Ramadan Mubarak to everyone who’s celebrating Ramadan! Last year, during Ramadan, I participated in #RamadanReadathon, and I’ve been looking forward to participating again since then. I’m honored to kick off the second stop in the tour, which consists off my review of Love, Hate, & Other Filters and an inspired playlist. Love, Hate, & Other Filters is #ownvoices for Muslim rep, and it’s one of my favorite YA novels.
Here’s a look at the synopsis:
“In this unforgettable debut, a 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 who’s “suitable” to her mother. 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 her entire life who’s suddenly falling into her orbit at school.
But unbeknownst to Maya, there is a danger looming beyond her control. When a terrorist attack occurs in another Midwestern city, the prime suspect happens to share her last name. In an instant, Maya’s community, consumed by fear and hatred, becomes unrecognizable, and her life changes forever.”
It’s safe to say that Love, Hate, & Other Filters is one of my favorite reads of this year. First off, it’s extremely realistic and needed, especially in this day in age. As a Muslim teen, there were so many times where I was just floored by how realistic not only Maya was, but also the entire plot of Love, Hate, & Other Filters. It’s clear how much time, energy, research, and heart that Samira Ahmed put into writing Love, Hate, & Other Filters.
I adored Maya as a main character. She’s spunky, a bit insecure, and knows what she wants but doesn’t want to hurt anyone to get it. I honestly want to be friends with her. Her relationship with her immigrant Indian parents is complex, messy, and again, full of life. Maya is now one of my favorite YA characters, and I was inspired and deeply moved by her and her story. The theme of family is an important one that’s present in Love, Hate, & Other Filters, and it definitely helped to tie the story together.
Samira Ahmed’s storytelling and writing style are awesome. The way she sets up the story and includes a certain perspective ( I don’t want to give it away), added so much depth to the story as a whole. It was humanizing, and I’m so glad she added that perspective.
The romance(s) in this book crushed me, especially the ending. As a whole, Love, Hate, & Other Filters played with my emotions. I was tearing up one moment and swooning the next. I honestly have nothing negative to say about Love, Hate, & Other Filters. Everything from the plot, to the characters, to the pacing, to the message, worked and resonated with me as a reader.
Love, Hate, & Other Filters is a must-read, and one of my favorite 2018 releases. It’s perfect if you’re looking to read more books by Muslim authors during Ramadan, or at any time in the year. In short, READ IT!!
Now, for the special part of the post, a playlist inspired by Love, Hate, & Other Filters:
- Welcome to New York by Taylor Swift
- Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story by Hamilton
- Nice for What by Drake
- Finest Hour by Cash Cash
- Battles by La’Porsha Renae
- You Don’t Know Me by Ariana Grande
- repercussions by Bea Miller
- Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys
- Just Do You by India Arie
- Golden by Jill Scott
- Stand by Rascal Flatts
- Brave by Sara Bareilles
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Make sure to check out @MuslimReadathon to follow the rest of #RamadanReadathon!