Hot Key acquires debut about being a Muslim American teen

Hot Key acquires debut about being a Muslim American teen

Bonnier Zaffre imprint Hot Key Books has acquired a “romantic and relevant” debut Love, Hate & Other Filters, by Samira Ahmed, about being a Muslim American teen.

Felicity Johnston, commissioning editor at Bonnier Zaffre, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Soho Teen in the US via Rachel Richardson at The Rights People.

The book follows 17-year-old Maya Aziz who is torn between different worlds. She dreams of being a film maker in New York, but her family has other ideas; they want her to be a dutiful daughter who wears gold jewellery and high heels and trains to be a doctor. She’s also caught between the guy she should like and the guy she does like. Then a suicide bomber who shares her last name strikes in a city hundreds of miles away and everything changes.

Ahmed said: "I’m delighted that Hot Key is bringing Maya's story to the UK. Love, Hate & Other Filters is a personal story for me, but also, I believe, a universal one. I hope readers, young and old, will be able to relate to Maya's journey as she grapples with discovering who she is in a world that is, at times, chaotic and violent. My goal was for this book to feel both of its time and yet timeless; to tell the story of an Indian, Muslim, American girl that is at once singular and also global."

Love, Hate & Other Filters is set to publish in the UK in paperback and e-book in January 2018.