Love, hate & other filters / Samira Ahmed.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: Maya Aziz, seventeen, is caught between her India-born parents' world of college and marrying a suitable Muslim boy and her dream world of film school and dating her classmate, Phil, when a terrorist attack changes her life forever.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Maya Aziz is caught between her India-born parents' world of college and marrying a suitable Muslim boy, and her dream world of film school and dating her classmate, Phil. In the aftermath of a terrorist attack hundreds of miles away, the community she's known since birth is transformed by fear, bigotry, and hatred.
    • Notes:
      Includes excerpt from The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. Copyright © 2003 by Jhumpa Lahiri.
    • Other Titles:
      Love, hate and other filters.
    • ISBN:
      9781616958473
      1616958472
    • LCCN:
      2017021616
    • OCLC:
      ocn984581380
      984581380
    • Accession Number:
      fay.556546

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2017 September #2

*Starred Review* Competing crushes verging on love, looming decisions about college, and a terrorist attack factor into Ahmed's searing YA debut, a coming-of-age portrait of a contemporary Indian American Muslim teen, Maya Aziz. It's spring of Maya's senior year in Batavia, Illinois, as she weighs dually defying her parents: first, by eschewing their pick for her, the dreamy and charming desi Kareem, in favor of Phil, the white football player she's long crushed on who's finally showing her attention. And second, by choosing to study filmmaking at NYU, where she secretly applied and was accepted, over the close-to-home University of Chicago. A terrorist attack in nearby Springfield eclipses these big decisions: the suspect bears the last name Aziz, too, and Maya and her parents become targets of local anti-Muslim rage. Maya's daily concerns are upended, as she notes, "in this terrible moment, all I want is to be a plain old American teenager . . . who isn't presumed terrorist first and American second." Ahmed crafts a winning narrator—Maya is insightful, modern, and complex, her shoulders weighted by the expectations of her parents and the big dreams she holds for herself. Brief interstitials spread evenly throughout the text key readers into the attack looming ahead, slowly revealing the true figure behind its planning with exceptional compassion. Utterly readable, important, and timely. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2017 October #3

In an astute debut, Ahmed intertwines a multicultural teen's story with a spare, dark depiction of a young terrorist's act. High school senior Maya Aziz, a budding filmmaker, struggles with being the beloved and protected only child of Muslim immigrants from India while trying to live a "normal" American teenage life in Illinois and, more importantly, make her own decisions about her future. Stealthily defying her parents by applying to New York University and juggling appropriate and inappropriate love interests (all with the help of her maverick aunt), Maya finally gets up the courage to confront her parents when the terrorist's actions unleash hatred on her and her family. Ahmed builds tension by preceding each chapter of Maya's story with a terse paragraph leading to the imminent act of terror, then provides a startling twist; Maya's final and uncharacteristic act of rebellion also comes as a surprise. The characters are fully dimensional and credible, lending depth to even lighter moments and interactions. Alternately entertaining and thoughtful, the novel is eminently readable, intelligent, and timely. Ages 14–up. Agent: Eric Smith, P.S. Literary. (Jan.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.