Review: Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Review: Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto is a fun and entertaining story that will lift your spirits. The main character is quirky and relatable, but the plot is a bit far-fetched. This is one book that is perfect for those in the mood for a laugh.

Review: Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. SutantoTitle: Dial A for Aunties
Author: Jesse Q. Sutanto
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: April 27, 2021
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

A hilariously quirky novel that is equal parts murder mystery, rom-com, and a celebration of mothers and daughters as well as a deep dive into Chinese-Indonesian culture, by debut author Jesse Q. Sutanto.

1 (accidental) murder
2 thousand wedding guests
3 (maybe) cursed generations
4 meddling Asian aunties to the rescue!

When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is accidentally shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working, at an island resort on the California coastline. It’s the biggest job yet for their family wedding business—“Don’t leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!”—and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie’s perfect buttercream cake flowers.

But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy’s great college love—and biggest heartbreak—makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃


Review: Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Meddy is an enjoyable character that is easy to root for. She is a wedding photographer for her family business, but it isn’t quite what she envisioned for herself after she graduated from college. Her ties to her aunties and their deep commitment to family is sweet to read about, but at times can be overbearing for Meddy.

❀ Full of Chaos and Farce

The story takes off after Meddy’s blind date passes away during their date. She panics and enlists the help of her aunties who concoct a plan to get rid of the body. What follows is a Weekend at Bernie’s style plot that is full of chaos and farce.

❀ Hilarious and Sweet

If you love a story that is full of mayhem and hijinks, Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto is one to watch for. The characters are hilarious and sweet, while the plot is unbelievably comical. It is a great escape read that will leave you with a smile on your face.

About Jesse Q. Sutanto

Jesse Q. Sutanto

Jesse Q Sutanto grew up shuttling back and forth between Jakarta and Singapore and sees both cities as her homes. She has a Masters degree from Oxford University, though she has yet to figure out a way of saying that without sounding obnoxious. She is currently living back in Jakarta on the same street as her parents and about seven hundred meddlesome aunties. When she's not tearing out her hair over her latest WIP, she spends her time baking and playing FPS games. Oh, and also being a mom to her two kids.

13 thoughts on “Review: Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

  1. Sam@WLABB says:

    I thought this book was lots of fun. I embraced the farce and just went with it. And it was heartwarming too. I was definitely left with a smile on my face.

  2. Julie says:

    Great review! This sounds like such a fun and entertaining story! I’ve heard so many good things about it. Definitely have to add it to my TBR!

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