Challenge 11 – a popular author’s first book – “Love, Hate & Other Filters” by Samira Ahmed

Welcome back! Challenge eleven guys!

E-L-E-V-E-N! Can you believe it?

Another two weeks passed since our last review, which by the way if you want to check it our just click here, and now it is time for “another one” like Dj Khaled likes to say it.

This time the challenge was to read a popular author’s first book, basically a debut novel. And our choice is “Love, Hate & Other Filters” by Samira Ahmed.


Maya Aziz is an American-born seventeen-year-old and she 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, where a suicide bomber who shares her last name strikes in a city hundreds of miles away and everything changes…

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.

— J —

★★ and a half stars!

Like it but…

First of all, I was so glad to finally read a YA fiction after so many long and serious books! The writing was so simple and it is an easy and light book. It makes you smile sometimes but…

I didn’t like some of the parts of the book. Especially how it ends.

I am not here to spoiler the book btw. I think that the book is more concentrated on the romance stuff and not the Islamophobia as the book description said.

I love the supporting cast like her aunt Hina, her best friend Violet. Maya not so much, I have to admit.

Another thing! She never acknowledged her religion once in the entire book. And there are so other little things that make you think that probably Maya Aziz is one of the worst Muslim main characters. For example, she takes swimming lessons in a bikini.

In other words, the story was quite weak for me, though enjoyable. 50/50.

That’s my review! And now to the next challenge!

The next challenge for #26weekreadingchallenge is to read a thriller/horror and we chose “Red Sparrow” by Jason Matthews, which by the way the film adaptation came out a couple of months ago, starring the beautiful actress Jennifer Lawrence.

red sparrow

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  1. Thsnks for such a beutiful review. I am looking forward to reading the book !

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