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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 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? Story Locale: Southern California


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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 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? Story Locale: Southern California

30 review for Dial A for Aunties

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Jesse Sutanto's comedy thriller is an absolute hoot, but you are going to have to suspend your sense of disbelief to fully appreciate and enjoy this offbeat fun fest. It celebrates the Chinese and Indonesian heritage, traditions, rituals and culture of 26 year old Meddelin 'Meddy' Chan, caught between being the good girl and daughter to her Ma, and her 4 Aunties, with their competitive rivalries and grudges, who have brought her up and poured their unconditional love and support into her, and be Jesse Sutanto's comedy thriller is an absolute hoot, but you are going to have to suspend your sense of disbelief to fully appreciate and enjoy this offbeat fun fest. It celebrates the Chinese and Indonesian heritage, traditions, rituals and culture of 26 year old Meddelin 'Meddy' Chan, caught between being the good girl and daughter to her Ma, and her 4 Aunties, with their competitive rivalries and grudges, who have brought her up and poured their unconditional love and support into her, and being true to herself and embracing her needs and desires. English is her language, although she does try the mother tongues, she only ends up irritating her aunties with her poor grasp of them. Meddy is afraid of the family curse, one where all the men died, but which has mutated into all the men and boys leaving. This informed her choice of university, settling for the local UCLA so that she can remain with her ma, not wanting to let her family down, resulting in her role in the family wedding business as a photographer. In a narrative that shifts from the past and present, we learn of her best friend Selena, but more importantly her 3 year relationship with Nathan at UCLA, the love of her life, and how she comes to break up with him, keeping the family completely in the dark about him, choosing her family above moving to New York with him. If romance is your thing, then I should mention that this is a minor thread in the novel. Worried about the lack of romance in Meddy's life, her naive ma poses as Meddy on a dating app, setting her up with a date with hotelier Jake. However, when Jake refuses to hear the word no, she ends up accidentally killing him. There is nothing ma and her aunties will not do for Meddy, including trying to get rid of the body, the only trouble is that they have the biggest wedding to organise on an island off the Californian coast. Follow the mayhem, crazy and chaos that ensues at the wedding, and with Nathan unexpectedly revealed as the hotel owner, Meddy's desperate efforts to get back together with her soulmate. She finds herself being pushed into taking control of her own life as events conspire against her. There is the issue of the true identity of the dead body, there is a deranged maid of honour threatening to derail Meddy's life, all the trials, tribulations and rituals of the wedding, with the wealthy entitled groom, Tom Cruise Sutapo, turning out to be a callous, mean and manipulative man. This is a fabulously entertaining and engaging read that tips into the territory of farce and the ridiculous which will make you laugh. I loved the aunties, their banter, and perhaps that family curse is a blessing in disguise! Many thanks to HQ for an ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    This book is a hoot and an absolute delight! I was wiping tears as I cackled while reading about Meddy and her family's antics. I loved the opportunity to learn more about the main character's Indonesian and Chinese heritage and seeing her learn from her mother and aunties' experiences. I'm not exactly sure what genre this classifies under, and maybe the fact that it defies easy classification is what made me adore this story so much? Murder, mayhem, and gut busting laughs galore, you definitely This book is a hoot and an absolute delight! I was wiping tears as I cackled while reading about Meddy and her family's antics. I loved the opportunity to learn more about the main character's Indonesian and Chinese heritage and seeing her learn from her mother and aunties' experiences. I'm not exactly sure what genre this classifies under, and maybe the fact that it defies easy classification is what made me adore this story so much? Murder, mayhem, and gut busting laughs galore, you definitely need to pick up this hilarious caper from Jesse Q. Sutanto.

  3. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **4.5-stars** Meddy Chan is the photographer for her family's up-and-coming wedding planning business. Even though she did study photography, the wedding scene isn't really what she envisioned for herself. After completing college, however, Meddy couldn't seem to extract herself from her loving, though overly-involved, mother and aunties. Since the men in the family, and all her cousins, have left, Meddy is the sole focus of Ma's and the Aunties' attention. Her family is cursed. That's all there is **4.5-stars** Meddy Chan is the photographer for her family's up-and-coming wedding planning business. Even though she did study photography, the wedding scene isn't really what she envisioned for herself. After completing college, however, Meddy couldn't seem to extract herself from her loving, though overly-involved, mother and aunties. Since the men in the family, and all her cousins, have left, Meddy is the sole focus of Ma's and the Aunties' attention. Her family is cursed. That's all there is to it. When her mother fixes her up on a blind date, she agrees good-naturedly to go. How bad can it possibly be? As it turns out, bad. Really, really bad. Her date ends up dead. Meddy freaks, as you would, and in her panicked state transports his body back to her house in the truck of her car. Fortunately, one of the best things about her Ma and Aunties is, they're always there when Meddy needs them and right now, she REALLY needs them. From there hijinks ensue, as the body of her dead date ends up being accidentally transported to the island where the over-the-top billionaire's wedding they are working that weekend is being held. Dial A for Aunties drew me in from the very start. Meddy, as a protagonist, is sharp and super relatable. I loved her relationship with her Ma, as well as the relationships among all the Aunties. There is such a fun family dynamic throughout this entire story. I think it could best be described as Weekend at Bernie's with a Romantic Comedy twist, so if that sounds interesting to you, pick it up. I don't think you'll be disappointed! I had an absolute blast reading this and am so happy books like this exist in the world! Thank you so much to the publisher, Berkley Books, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I truly appreciate it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    4.5 What a pleasant surprise! I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, but I could not put it down! From the start, I loved Meddy's relationship with her mom and aunts. Their banter and bickering was so cute, and I loved how Meddy's family showed up for her when she accidentally murdered her blind date. Did I mention how funny this book was? Because I laughed out loud and gasped so much while reading because of the crazy twists and turns in this plot. Does it get a bit over the top a 4.5 What a pleasant surprise! I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, but I could not put it down! From the start, I loved Meddy's relationship with her mom and aunts. Their banter and bickering was so cute, and I loved how Meddy's family showed up for her when she accidentally murdered her blind date. Did I mention how funny this book was? Because I laughed out loud and gasped so much while reading because of the crazy twists and turns in this plot. Does it get a bit over the top at times? Of course. But that's what made it so entertaining! I loved how the author really kept us on our toes and I had no idea where anything was going. The only reason I took half a star off is because so much more could have been developed with the romance between Meddy and Nathan. I loved the few flashback chapters we had of them in college, but I would have loved more development in the present to show them reconnecting and falling in love again. I do think Nathan forgave Meddy a little too easily and I would have loved to see her grovel a bit more. But overall, I would definitely recommend picking this up if you're in the mood for a fun read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    FireLily

    update: THIS RELEASES TODAY AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH also I got denied for the ARC I requested *sobbing* if you need me I'll be in the corner EXCUSE ME AN INDONESIAN AUTHOR INDONESIAN CULTURE BEING REPRESENTED CRAZY RICH ASIANS VIBES W H A T I'm sad to say this, but I'm pretty sure this is the first book I've ever seen that has representation for my parents' home country and our culture. update: THIS RELEASES TODAY AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH also I got denied for the ARC I requested *sobbing* if you need me I'll be in the corner EXCUSE ME AN INDONESIAN AUTHOR INDONESIAN CULTURE BEING REPRESENTED CRAZY RICH ASIANS VIBES W H A T I'm sad to say this, but I'm pretty sure this is the first book I've ever seen that has representation for my parents' home country and our culture.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Wedding cakes, dead bodies, and aunties... oh my! This book was laugh out loud hilarious! You definitely need to go into this book with suspended belief. Kind of reminded me of Stephanie Plum or more recently Finlay Donovan. Meddalin accidentally kills her blind date end it is aunties to the rescue! What could possibly go wrong? Well just about everything, that’s what! I am seriously giggling to myself right now thinking about some of the antics these characters got up to in this book. The book Wedding cakes, dead bodies, and aunties... oh my! This book was laugh out loud hilarious! You definitely need to go into this book with suspended belief. Kind of reminded me of Stephanie Plum or more recently Finlay Donovan. Meddalin accidentally kills her blind date end it is aunties to the rescue! What could possibly go wrong? Well just about everything, that’s what! I am seriously giggling to myself right now thinking about some of the antics these characters got up to in this book. The book reads like a movie and I just heard a rumor that it’s going to be a movie on Netflix! This is a fun feel-good story filled with humor, charm, and Indonesian Chinese culture. Next time you’re in the mood for a good laugh, pick this one up! This book in emojis ⚰️ 🚤 👰🏻‍♀️ 💎 🍾 📸 *** Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Genuinely funny and completely charming in every way. I loved, loved, loved this one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    I haven’t had this much fun with a dead body since . . . . But I’m getting a little ahead of myself here. In all honesty, I didn’t even wait to see the cover of this one before I was attempting to score an early copy – and I sure as heck hadn’t yet read a synopsis. Nope, I saw “Auntie” and my brain immediately went to the best thing to air on Bravo since the first table-flipping season of my Househoes where everyone knows everyone and constantly sticks their noses in their children’s lives . I haven’t had this much fun with a dead body since . . . . But I’m getting a little ahead of myself here. In all honesty, I didn’t even wait to see the cover of this one before I was attempting to score an early copy – and I sure as heck hadn’t yet read a synopsis. Nope, I saw “Auntie” and my brain immediately went to the best thing to air on Bravo since the first table-flipping season of my Househoes where everyone knows everyone and constantly sticks their noses in their children’s lives . . . . I just assumed this would be some sort of matchmaking trope. Imagine my delight when I discovered it was part murder mystery and part opulent wedding like . . . . So the story here is of Meddelin and her meddlin’ Ma. Unbeknownst to the fam, Meddy is still pining for the one that got away. But Ma doesn’t know that and with the best of intentions attempts to set Meddy up on a date using my favorite technique to snare a man . . . . Yeppers. Between using Meddy’s actual name and picture and not understanding what things like eggplants means, Meddy’s mom really has this dude on the hook. Luckily for Meddy she has a taser in her purse before he can get rapey – unlucky for him, he . . . . Well, you’ll have to read it yourself. Be prepared for over-the-top situations and slapstick fun times. It’s definitely something you need to be in the mood for, and I was so ready. This was hilarious and exactly what I had hoped it would be – once I actually read the blurb, that is. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Waworga

    ADUHHHH!!! What an entertaining book! And as Indonesian who has Chinese blood from my father and have big family, this story really speaks to me… i also didn’t expect it will be so FREAKING FUNNY!!! I laughed to tears through my reading journey Meddelin Chan (Meddy) didn’t want to leave her family (her mother and her 3 aunties) to proof wrong “the curse” all the members of the family will leave them , she also became a part of the Wedding Family bussiness with her mom and aunties as Photographer ADUHHHH!!! What an entertaining book! And as Indonesian who has Chinese blood from my father and have big family, this story really speaks to me… i also didn’t expect it will be so FREAKING FUNNY!!! I laughed to tears through my reading journey Meddelin Chan (Meddy) didn’t want to leave her family (her mother and her 3 aunties) to proof wrong “the curse” all the members of the family will leave them , she also became a part of the Wedding Family bussiness with her mom and aunties as Photographer…. one day she “Accidently” killed her blind date and things getting out of hands between her and her aunties and the strunggle to hide the body between huge wedding event and ahem… met her ex she still has deep feeling This book is witty and full with humors and it really warms my heart to read an English book with SO MANY Indonesian words, and i swear the reading experience became so so so FUNNY when you understand those words and jokes and culture… there are also so many Indo Chinese culture represented in this book (kuddos to the author), the plot really flow nicely there is no boring moment, the romance story add sweet touch in the story but the whole book is more a mother daughter story and family rather than romance PLUS I LOVE LOVE THE AUNTIES, they are all so very different but so very funny in their own way and always always support each others despite all the arguments Truelly recommending this book if you are looking for a book that can make you LOL and make your heart warm!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Oh my goodness! I wish to be next of kin of those sarcastic, witty, ultra protective, quirky, one of a kind aunts! I haven’t laughed so hard for months! This book should be prescribed as mood-healer and sold at drug stores, recommended to all those grumpy people who forgot the meaning of true fun! Which aunt is your favorite? I went back and forth with authoritarian, queenly, wise, cool big aunt and ultra entertaining, blunt, bold fourth aunt! The story’s genre is laugh out loud comedy meets c Oh my goodness! I wish to be next of kin of those sarcastic, witty, ultra protective, quirky, one of a kind aunts! I haven’t laughed so hard for months! This book should be prescribed as mood-healer and sold at drug stores, recommended to all those grumpy people who forgot the meaning of true fun! Which aunt is your favorite? I went back and forth with authoritarian, queenly, wise, cool big aunt and ultra entertaining, blunt, bold fourth aunt! The story’s genre is laugh out loud comedy meets cozy mystery with romantic vibes. The synopsis reminds us of Crazy Rich Asians meets Weekend At Bernie’s and Kevin Hart’s Wedding Ringer! Think about a top Chinese socialite wedding with two thousand guests takes place at an exquisite island resort on the Californian coastline. Meddelin Chan is part of family wedding organization company. Her big aunt makes the cake, second aunt focus on bride’s makeup when she has spare time to perform ta chi positions, her fourth aunt is professional entertainer and her ma designs best wedding bouquets as Meddelin works as wedding photographer who doesn’t like her job but is too afraid of admitting it to her family. Meddelin is adamant to do whatever it takes to turn this night into success for her family’s own good! But there are some obstacles which may prevent the night goes flawless like the fact she accidentally killed her blind date 10 hours ago and the corpse has been accidentally removed from her big aunt’s fridge, brought into resort’s kitchen freezer. Now she has to get rid of the body before the eyes of entire wedding guests but the hotel’s charming manager is her ex: Nathan: her 3 years long boyfriend she couldn’t forget for years, watches her every move and appears out of nowhere when she secretly tries to carry the body in a freezer. In the meantime there is also a thief trying to rob the bride’s gifts. And an army of drunk groomsmen who already started at 9 a.m in the morning! Let’s not forget never ending fights between big aunt and second aunt and snarky banters between her mother and forth aunt! Meddelin should get rid of the corpse without getting caught,coming clean about her feelings to Nathan and admitting everything to her aunts and getting through the wedding night without any problem! Well, good luck with that Med! You’re gonna truly need it! I loved sincere, obedient, good hearted Med who is truly loyal to her family. Nathan was the perfect book boyfriend from the beginning till the end. He was true definition of sweet pie! Their chemistry was so intense! They were perfect for each other! But the aunts stole the entire show! I loved them soooo much! This was %100 big laughs guaranteed, extremely hilarious book I highly recommend! I’m so happy there is a sequel on its way because I can’t get enough of those witty, unique, adorable aunts with dark sense humor! I need their more adventures and I’m looking forward to read about Meddelin’s wedding!

  11. 4 out of 5

    aarya

    2020 Winter Bingo (#SnowInLoveBingo❄️): Messy Characters So, I really enjoyed this but a major caveat is necessary: this book is not rooted in reality. It's absurd. It's self-aware enough to know it's absurd. If you think the premise is bananas, I promise you that it goes off the rails a dozen more times after the setup. I loved it, but you'll be miserable if you poke holes by asking logical questions like, "Wouldn't the hotel exterior cameras solve [redacted problem]?" Lean into the absurdit 2020 Winter Bingo (#SnowInLoveBingo❄️): Messy Characters So, I really enjoyed this but a major caveat is necessary: this book is not rooted in reality. It's absurd. It's self-aware enough to know it's absurd. If you think the premise is bananas, I promise you that it goes off the rails a dozen more times after the setup. I loved it, but you'll be miserable if you poke holes by asking logical questions like, "Wouldn't the hotel exterior cameras solve [redacted problem]?" Lean into the absurdity and enjoy the hijinks. Great voice, A+ meddling aunties, adored the author's note at the beginning. There's a secondary romantic arc but don't read for the romance (it's the least interesting part). Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    'Follows a young wedding photographer who, along with her mother and aunts, tries to hide the body of her blind date while working the wedding day of a wealthy client.' WELL, DAMN 'K-drama meets telenovela with a side of rom-com' OKAY, GIMME 'Follows a young wedding photographer who, along with her mother and aunts, tries to hide the body of her blind date while working the wedding day of a wealthy client.' WELL, DAMN 'K-drama meets telenovela with a side of rom-com' OKAY, GIMME

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisazj1

    3.5 stars. For the most part, I very much enjoyed reading this. If you just go ahead from the start and put your suspension of disbelief at full power and accept the story for what it is, it's absolutely delightful entertainment. The story and its characters are charming and genuinely funny. Despite the fact that there's murder in the mix, while not exactly fluff, I spent the largest part of the book laughing at the antics *and trust me, antics is entirely accurate, LOL* of this warm, rowdy Indo- 3.5 stars. For the most part, I very much enjoyed reading this. If you just go ahead from the start and put your suspension of disbelief at full power and accept the story for what it is, it's absolutely delightful entertainment. The story and its characters are charming and genuinely funny. Despite the fact that there's murder in the mix, while not exactly fluff, I spent the largest part of the book laughing at the antics *and trust me, antics is entirely accurate, LOL* of this warm, rowdy Indo-Chinese American family. Meddy is in the family business of wedding services provider with her mother and 3 aunties. Of all the cousins, she is the only child who stayed home with the family. And not exactly because she wanted to but because she felt the responsibility of family obligation. She didn't want to disappoint her Ma or her aunties, all of whom she loves and respects. I positively loved Meddy's family, despite the fact that they really are all in her business. I mean, that's what family does, like it or not. Meddy's Ma and all the aunties take it to a whole other level though! 😂😂 All the same, when she comes to them in a serious fix from a blind date gone really, really wrong, her family doesn't hesitate to help Meddy out. No matter how hilariously wrong this help ends up going, they never question whether they should help or give up. 🥰 Those are all the good things. Unfortunately, the story fell a little flat for me in places, most notably with Meddy herself. I admit part of that just might be me (view spoiler)[because the "leaving you because it's for your own good" thing never fails to infuriate me. Even though she also partly didn't want to leave her family, I felt like the real issue was because she thought he might give up the job if he knew. It makes my head want to explode when MCs don't let their other half make their own damn decisions, ugh. (hide spoiler)] However, some of the decisions she makes, and the way she unhappily martyrs herself made me extremely impatient with her and hard for me to be sympathetic. I also was unhappy with how completely Meddy's ex, Nathan, was so instantly ready to fall back back in a relationship with her after not one word of contact for four years. (view spoiler)[After what Meddy did to him and how she did it, she needed to do some major groveling. It was completely unrealistic for him to be so okay with everything. I wanted her to grovel anyway, but I am so not the easily forgiving type, LOL. (hide spoiler)] But in the scheme of things, these are really minor niggles, as none of them kept me from enjoying the book. As I said, check that realism at the door and this story is one hell of a lot of fun. ❤

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lily Herman

    The absolutely most important thing you need to know to get the most out of Jesse Q. Sutanto's Dial A for Aunties: You have to suspend all (and I really do mean ALL) disbelief! It's a satirical tale that prides itself on soapy levels of drama that escalate in the most extra ways possible. And that's the point! Enjoy the ride! One of the funny parts of reading ARCs, especially for debut or sophomore novels, is that you never quite know what you're going to get. It took me probably 30-40 pages to t The absolutely most important thing you need to know to get the most out of Jesse Q. Sutanto's Dial A for Aunties: You have to suspend all (and I really do mean ALL) disbelief! It's a satirical tale that prides itself on soapy levels of drama that escalate in the most extra ways possible. And that's the point! Enjoy the ride! One of the funny parts of reading ARCs, especially for debut or sophomore novels, is that you never quite know what you're going to get. It took me probably 30-40 pages to truly dive into Dial A for Aunties because I didn't realize how heavy it was going to be on the satirical soap opera front, but once I figured that out, it was easy to vibe with. The book did get repetitive in the second half (how many times did an aunt call to say, "Um, we have a problem"?), but I had a good time nonetheless. It's a charming story about family bonds and trying to find your own way (plus there's a little romance mixed in!). Something I will say that I really struggled with, however, is that Meddy as a character reads a little young for a 26-year-old. To be completely honest, her voice (while very, very funny and self-deprecating) sounds more like a teenager than someone who's old enough to be off of their parents' health insurance. There was a lot of telling instead of showing, and even when suspending all disbelief, there were some moments where I was like, "Excuse me, she did what?????" I think this novel actually could've functioned even better if it'd been a YA book? I don't know, I'm just spitballing here. Overall though, I'm putting it out there: This would make an excellent movie. In fact, I'm upset it isn't already a movie despite the fact that it's literally not even out while I'm writing this review. Content warning: Death (obv), kidnapping

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    This entire premise is outrageous, and we have an extremely colorful cast of characters, and knowing that much going into it worked out perfectly for me as a reader. I really enjoyed my time reading this! While I’d objectively let this one sit at a 3.5 stars, I had to round it up just for the sheer enjoyment it gave me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shealea

    What a ride. Dial A for Aunties has redefined what "page-turner" means to me. Without even realizing it, I was 84% in, gripping my stomach from laughing too hard and extremely eager to reach the conclusion. If you're looking for a serious, character-focused crime novel with heavy themes and a realistic storyline, this is definitely not that book. Please carry on with your life. *But* if you're in the mood for laugh-out-loud humor, unprecedented mayhem (involving meddlesome family members and over- What a ride. Dial A for Aunties has redefined what "page-turner" means to me. Without even realizing it, I was 84% in, gripping my stomach from laughing too hard and extremely eager to reach the conclusion. If you're looking for a serious, character-focused crime novel with heavy themes and a realistic storyline, this is definitely not that book. Please carry on with your life. *But* if you're in the mood for laugh-out-loud humor, unprecedented mayhem (involving meddlesome family members and over-the-top drama), and delightful twists and turns at every corner, I highly recommend Dial A for Aunties. Disclosure: I received a digital ARC of Dial A for Aunties from its publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 🌻🍃 More bookish content on Shut up, Shealea 🍃🌻 instagram • pinterest • twitter • ko-fi

  17. 4 out of 5

    Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading

    Hey YOU (especially fellow Indonesians), READ THE BLURB and ADD THIS BOOK to YOUR TBR!!! It sounds HILARIOUSLY ABSURD, OTT CRAZY, IMMENSELY FUN, and *A* for ABSOLUTELY PERFECT.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Janine

    What a fun, unique book! I loved all of the characters and the banter between the Aunties literally made me LOL. The plot was fun, the main character was fun! It was sort of a mystery rom-com. If you liked Finlay Donovan is Killing It than I think you'd love this book. It was light on the steam which didn't really take away from the romance angle at all. The dialogue, family dynamics and cultural aspects of the story really added to the story and made it one I would recommend for sure! What a fun, unique book! I loved all of the characters and the banter between the Aunties literally made me LOL. The plot was fun, the main character was fun! It was sort of a mystery rom-com. If you liked Finlay Donovan is Killing It than I think you'd love this book. It was light on the steam which didn't really take away from the romance angle at all. The dialogue, family dynamics and cultural aspects of the story really added to the story and made it one I would recommend for sure!

  19. 4 out of 5

    gauri

    read full review on my blog! this book has no business being THIS funny If you're in the mood for a not down to earth, hilarious, ridiculous, very Asian story that is just full comedy and entertaining, Dial A For Aunties is for you. It made me laugh hysterically so many times even though the scenes were crazy. The family dynamics between Meddy and her aunties were a delight. I highly recommend! Thank you Netgalley and Berkley publishing for the ARC! read full review on my blog! this book has no business being THIS funny If you're in the mood for a not down to earth, hilarious, ridiculous, very Asian story that is just full comedy and entertaining, Dial A For Aunties is for you. It made me laugh hysterically so many times even though the scenes were crazy. The family dynamics between Meddy and her aunties were a delight. I highly recommend! Thank you Netgalley and Berkley publishing for the ARC!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    3.5 stars Fair warning, this book is ABSURD and yes, the absurdity, at times, is turned to the max. Forget logic when you read this, throw it far away into the wind. The description mentioned Weekend at Bernie's - so if you watch that classic dark-comedy movie, you know what kind of territory this book is on. I'm not a reader that looks for absurd comedy in my reading, because, well, I'm not good at intentionally funny. But this book charms me because the author lovingly insert the culture of Chin 3.5 stars Fair warning, this book is ABSURD and yes, the absurdity, at times, is turned to the max. Forget logic when you read this, throw it far away into the wind. The description mentioned Weekend at Bernie's - so if you watch that classic dark-comedy movie, you know what kind of territory this book is on. I'm not a reader that looks for absurd comedy in my reading, because, well, I'm not good at intentionally funny. But this book charms me because the author lovingly insert the culture of Chinese-Indonesian in, with all the hilarity of Aunties, their snarks and barbs, sisters jealousy, and most definitely family loyalty. I mean, family members who literally will help you hide dead body, and even think of a way to dispose it if necessary (making him as a curry comes at one point!) is proof that blood is thick! I enjoyed the glimpse into the crazy rich Chinese-Indonesian world of weddings and the long-time traditions involved. I have Chinese in my blood, but my mother's close family (a.k.a. siblings) don't embrace any of the Chinese traditions. She cannot even speak/understand any Mandarin! I grew up not knowing any Chinese traditions, despite the fact that my Mom was born with Chinese name (that name is not used anymore by the way). I appreciated some of the Indonesian words thrown into the books in between conversations, along with nods to Chinese-Indonesian "rather stereotypical Asian culture, but not necessarily wrong" -- filial piety, the foundation of Asian parenting or being respectful is a material for parents something to boast about as well Some of the wedding events are BONKERS -- and I have to admit, I get tired with it after around 2/3rd of the book (again, because I'm not the kind of absurd/comedy reader). There's an additional second-chance romance thrown in the mix, though considering the event, I wonder if it's the right moment to pick things up again 😅 All in all, it was quite enjoyable. With this book being picked up by Netflix, I REALLY want to see it being filmed with the Chinese-Indonesian culture that presented here. Not somehow replace it to other Chinese South-East Asian country. I'm gonna keep my eyes on that, including to see who will be playing these Aunties.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ellyn → Allonsythornraxx

    11/05/2021 3 ⭐ I thought I was going to love this and it was going to be a new favourite but unfortunately, it wasn't! I really thought it was so funny in the beginning but I quickly fell out of love with this one. This was such a fun idea but by the end, too many things were going on and the plot was too convoluted. Also, and this is such a nitpick, I just didn't think the "twist" at the end was very twisty since I called it from the very beginning and I never fell for the romance. I'll definitel 11/05/2021 3 ⭐ I thought I was going to love this and it was going to be a new favourite but unfortunately, it wasn't! I really thought it was so funny in the beginning but I quickly fell out of love with this one. This was such a fun idea but by the end, too many things were going on and the plot was too convoluted. Also, and this is such a nitpick, I just didn't think the "twist" at the end was very twisty since I called it from the very beginning and I never fell for the romance. I'll definitely check out more of Jesse Sutanto's books in the future, this one just wasn't everything I wanted it to be. Blog | Letterboxd | Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter

  22. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    this was phenomenal, full RTC

  23. 5 out of 5

    sara ❀

    4.5 stars rounded down to 4, but I'm considering a 5-star rating — who knows, we'll see! All I know is that DIAL A FOR AUNTIES was a wild ride from start to finish, and I wouldn't trade the last few hours of holding my stomach from laughter for anything. DIAL A just has that special, indescribable charm and I just [clenches fist] love it so much! Highly, highly recommended, and full review to come very soon! 4.5 stars rounded down to 4, but I'm considering a 5-star rating — who knows, we'll see! All I know is that DIAL A FOR AUNTIES was a wild ride from start to finish, and I wouldn't trade the last few hours of holding my stomach from laughter for anything. DIAL A just has that special, indescribable charm and I just [clenches fist] love it so much! Highly, highly recommended, and full review to come very soon!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

    This one's a bit of a wild ride. 26-year-old Meddelyn Chan works as a photographer for her family's wedding business, run by her mother and three aunts - all of whom have been left by their husbands. Though this has persuaded her that there's a Chan Family Curse and she should never fall in love, her mum thinks it's time for her to get married. To that end, she poses as Meddy on an online dating site and gets her a date with Jake, local hotelier. Things soon go seriously wrong, though. When J This one's a bit of a wild ride. 26-year-old Meddelyn Chan works as a photographer for her family's wedding business, run by her mother and three aunts - all of whom have been left by their husbands. Though this has persuaded her that there's a Chan Family Curse and she should never fall in love, her mum thinks it's time for her to get married. To that end, she poses as Meddy on an online dating site and gets her a date with Jake, local hotelier. Things soon go seriously wrong, though. When Jake gets handsy with her at the end of the date, Meddy Tases him while driving... and he ends up crashing the car, killing him. She spills the truth to her mum, who ends up drafting in her aunts to help. Body disposal issues mean that they end up having to attend a wedding they planned the next day with Jake's body in a cooler. To make matters even more complicated, Meddy's university ex-boyfriend Nathan Chan (no relation) is the owner of the hotel where the wedding's being held. Though he wants to reconnect with her, Meddy's painfully aware that she's a criminal now. Irrepressible aunts, crazy wedding hijinks and the sheer difficulty of getting rid of bodies safely makes the whole book a kind of wild romp. There are some great laugh-out-loud scenes, particularly one in the epilogue. The whole book is suffused with a kind of manically upbeat humour that makes you smile even if there's nothing exactly funny going on on the page in that moment. I LOVED Meddy's relationship with her family, and the close-up look at Indo-Chinese culture was a huge plus. Had to knock one star off for the romance. It's told mostly in flashbacks to Meddy and Nathan's university days; the 'present-day focus' is very much the murder angle, and the romance takes more of a back seat than I wanted it to. Otherwise, it's a great adult debut and I'm keen to see what's next. [Blog]

  25. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Verant

    I. Could. Not. Put this book down. It's so off-the-wall, so quirky, and so much fun! In addition to all the hijinks and hilariousness with Meddy, Ma, and the Aunties, there's a strong sense of familial love...and a crazy-sweet romance. (no spoilers!) Get ready to laugh your head off! I can't wait for this book to release into the world! I. Could. Not. Put this book down. It's so off-the-wall, so quirky, and so much fun! In addition to all the hijinks and hilariousness with Meddy, Ma, and the Aunties, there's a strong sense of familial love...and a crazy-sweet romance. (no spoilers!) Get ready to laugh your head off! I can't wait for this book to release into the world!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Myrna

    Great book! Dial A for Aunties is a mixture of crime, murder, romance, and comedy. Lots of fun in this one. I heard it’s been picked up by Netflix!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tabassum Irin (whatirinreads)

    What a wild ride. Easily one of my favourite books of the year - or dare I say it ~ ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME? 🤧🧡 I loved every second of Dial A For Aunties. I want everyone to read it. It was crazy, hilarious and heart-warming unlike anything else. Highly recommend. Go read it asap!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Flynn

    This is possibly the fastest five star rating I've ever given! I just finished DIAL A FOR AUNTIES and am in total awe of how hilarious and expertly plotted it is. I laughed out loud so many times and the aunties, with their humor and warmth, popped off the pages. With sharp, witty banter (and bickering!), family drama for days, and so many clever (and surprising!) reveals, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. So often as I read, I wondered... "HOW will Meddy get out of this one?!" only to have This is possibly the fastest five star rating I've ever given! I just finished DIAL A FOR AUNTIES and am in total awe of how hilarious and expertly plotted it is. I laughed out loud so many times and the aunties, with their humor and warmth, popped off the pages. With sharp, witty banter (and bickering!), family drama for days, and so many clever (and surprising!) reveals, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. So often as I read, I wondered... "HOW will Meddy get out of this one?!" only to have things take another unpredictable twist. DIAL A FOR AUNTIES is truly a book unlike any I've read. I can't wait for it to inevitably become a huge hit in 2021!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra/ReadsWithRosie

    The Unhoneymooners meets Thelma and Louise meets Crazy Rich Asians!! I absolutely refuse to give a synopsis for this book because, yet again, going in blind is SO much more fun. Just know that this is a quirky, colloquial, hilarious, off-kilter, comedically morbid, and suspenseful contemporary light romance that simultaneously explores cultural values and the importance of family. Oh, and how to hide the body of the man you murdered. Interested yet? This book is perfect if you are in a slump, nee The Unhoneymooners meets Thelma and Louise meets Crazy Rich Asians!! I absolutely refuse to give a synopsis for this book because, yet again, going in blind is SO much more fun. Just know that this is a quirky, colloquial, hilarious, off-kilter, comedically morbid, and suspenseful contemporary light romance that simultaneously explores cultural values and the importance of family. Oh, and how to hide the body of the man you murdered. Interested yet? This book is perfect if you are in a slump, need an unputdownable read, want a chuckle (or twenty), enjoy romances, and also enjoy the occasional morbidly dry joke. Perfect when paired with a deliciously refreshing cocktail at dinner after walking around your new city in the sweltering heat. 4.5 ⭐️

  30. 4 out of 5

    Silvia C.

    I found Dial A for Aunties a fun, light summer read. While it requires a good dose of suspended disbelief on the (accidental) murder and coverup portion, overall is an enjoyable novel. I liked many of the cultural aspects and appreciate Jesse Q. Sutanto's own voice experience reflected in the book. At the same time I did get an uneasy feeling of the aunties being caricatures, which made me uncomfortable to have fun at their expense. It reads more like a millennial's condescending view of their im I found Dial A for Aunties a fun, light summer read. While it requires a good dose of suspended disbelief on the (accidental) murder and coverup portion, overall is an enjoyable novel. I liked many of the cultural aspects and appreciate Jesse Q. Sutanto's own voice experience reflected in the book. At the same time I did get an uneasy feeling of the aunties being caricatures, which made me uncomfortable to have fun at their expense. It reads more like a millennial's condescending view of their immigrant family members - which is quite condescending, IMO. I'll be looking out for some own voices reviews on this. Overall, I think fans of summer reads will enjoy this one a lot.

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