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Discrimination
Discrimination

*****


Title:

Love, Hate and Other Filters,
Molly C, 14.


This book is about:
Discrimination


Review:
It is good for readers who like romance with a real life twist.


Plot:
Love, Hate and Other Filters is a short novel - around 250 pages - that centres around the life of Maya, a Muslim, in a small community in America. After a terrorist attack in a city not so far away, her dreams of attending New York University are crushed as racial tension builds within her town. She also has the personal issues of dealing with potential boyfriend(s).

This book is very well written, with the characters constructed realistically and their character arcs understandable throughout the novel. As a YA novel, this book tackles racism incredibly well whilst the entire backdrop of the novel is constructed through the lens of a camera.

I would recommend this novel for those interested in teen romance and those who enjoy novels that challenge problems that many teens face in today's society. The target audience for this book would most likely by 12 and upwards (those of secondary school age) as the novel requires an understanding of a high school environment. Readers who enjoy shorter novels may enjoy this book, as will fans of Lies We Tell Ourselves.


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Comments

Kay Hymas, 14
At first glance, Love, Hate and Other Filters comes across as a typical YA romance, with the slightly fluffy title and pink cover. It is much more than that. However, the more interesting themes in the book, about race, the effects of terrorism and what it means to grow up in a minority culture, are not explored in enough depth.

17 year old Maya is the likeable narrator. An American Muslim girl with a passion for film making. The book opens with a love triangle between Maya, Phil (the classmate on whom she has a crush) and Kareem, the nice Muslim boy her parents would choose for her. Maya is also fighting her parents on her wish to go to New York City to pursue her passion for film making.

A terrorist attack in another city challenges and changes Maya's perceptions of the world around her. The attack is presumed to be by an Islamic fundamentalist. Maya and her family feel the effects and are the victims of hate crime. As stated, it would have been good for the book to dig deeper into these issues and explore what is really is like to be a minority affected by the actions of others.

The romance is slightly cheesy and disproportionately explored. Still, I think this is an important book in that it teaches the reader about broader themes and perhaps lends itself to understanding racism, identity and really how alike all 17 year old girls are in worrying about relationships.

246 pages / Ages 14+ / Reviewed by Kay Hymas, school librarian.
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