Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed Review

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Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is a hard book for me to review because I liked it…but it sort of fell a bit short. There were times where I literally got goose bumps, but I failed to really connect to the characters.

Maya is an Indian-American Muslim. She has a passion for film making, and dreams of going to study film at NYU. Love, Hate & Other Filters follows Maya as she tries to take what she wants from life, while also trying to please her strict Indian parents – and also dealing with the Muslim hate crimes that follow a recent terrorist attack.

So I was intrigued when I heard about this book, because I read I Am Thunder last year and it absolutely blew me away; I still think about it. It was so hard hitting. I wanted this book to blow me away like I Am Thunder did, but it didn’t.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad book. It has good writing and deals with an important subject.


The characters. I am massively character-based. Like, sure, obviously I like a good plot, but I love a good character.

Like the Mara Dyer series! Hardly anything even fucking happened in that series that I can remember but I had the time of my life reading it because I loved the characters.

Who needs a plot when you have Noah Shaw?


As I was saying, characters. Maya was sweet, and my heart ached for her. But apart from that sympathy and anger on her behalf, I didn’t really feel that much for her, and found her to be quite 2D – and the same goes for the rest of the characters.

There was a time, however, after the terrorist attack where Maya said that she didn’t want to be a presumed terrorist first and an American second, and that honestly gave me chills. Because, as a white English girl, I can’t even fucking imagine. And it’s quotes like that that make me so ashamed of myself because there are so many liberties that I take for granted.

I think my main problem is I was expecting something a bit deeper. I went into it and I had massively high expectations after I Am Thunder, and I hold my hands up because that it totally my fault, and has nothing to do with Samira Ahmed. I definitely don’t regret reading this book, and despite it falling short in some aspects for me, I would recommend that you give it a try.

*Thanks to Readers First for providing me with an ARC*

One thought on “Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed Review

  1. Daja @ThoughtfulBlackGirl says:

    Oh no! I hope I enjoy it more since I’m not that big of a character person and I think that it’s good, for lack of a better word, that her words about being presumed a terrorist made you ashamed. I don’t mean that you should be ashamed of who you are because you can’t change that just like she can but I think that it’s good that it’s sort of making you reflect. Great review! I’ll have to check out Mara Dyer some time soon!


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