I finally read “Love, Hate & Other Filters” by Samira Ahmed

I finally read “Love, Hate & Other Filters” by Samira Ahmed

5/2/2021, 7:01:43 PM
I finally read “Love, Hate & Other Filters” by Samira Ahmed last week, which came in my Parnassus Next rep box earlier this year. . I’d say that this book is first, and mostly, a romance. And the reason I felt like I was so into it was because it made me realize something. For anyone who practices/lives a religion where the expectation for you to marry within the religion is HIGH (based on several reasons), I think we all go through the same feelings and thought processes during dating and assessing potential partners. I felt like listening to Maya’s thoughts on and picking potential boyfriends/marriage potentials (the differences between Phil and Kareem etc) made me want to give her that nod across the room of solidarity. I remember feeling that in high school. . I understand that Maya’s family is Muslim, but I felt like this book was focused on a stronger representation of being Indian. Because of my own ignorance, I wasn’t always sure which parts of Maya’s internal conflict came because of her religion and which parts came from Indian customs. I would have liked these to be clearer, but it did send me out to learn more about the Muslim faith. . Romance aside, this book also touches on what it’s like to live as someone from the Middle East in America post 9/11. As a mother, there were a lot of times when I really related to Maya’s mother when she was afraid for Maya. But while our fears for our children are similar and based on similar reasons, the fears are also totally separate. I fear my daughter could be hurt by senseless violence in school, for example, but I do not fear that my daughter is a specific target because of her race or religion. It really did bring this side of worry home for me. . Overall, I didn’t quite feel like the ending was as strong as the rest of the book, but this book did remind me once again that through all our differences, we have so many similarities and reminded me of reasons why need to support and stand up for each other, be friendly and kind to those we interact with, and I felt like this book really did that for me. Definitely recommend and one I hope kids read. #lovehateandotherfilters #samiraahmed

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