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4 Reasons why Dial A For Aunties is a delightful chaos

Author: Jesse Q. Sutanto
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 320 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: 27 April 2021

Meddelin Chan and her family are in the wedding business. One day her mother and aunties set up a blind date for her. She is hesitant to go on the date but reluctantly she agrees. But she ends up killing her date in an accident and she calls her meddlesome mother and aunties to hide the body. What follows is sheer chaos when the dead body ends up in the wedding they are working on. Now they have to attend this wedding on an island and manage the wedding stuff as well as get rid of the body. But obviously, things start going all wrong at the wedding.

There she also unexpectedly meets Nathan, her ex, and they are reminded again how much they still love each other. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?

When I first heard the synopsis, I knew I must read this book right away! But I honestly wasn’t expecting to love this book this much. This book was so ridiculous that I loved it! Was it a perfect book? No. Was it full on entertainment? Yes!!

The synopsis may sound like this is a murder mystery but IT IS NOT so don’t go into this book expecting to find a thriller murder mystery. If anything, it’s a far cry from a murder mystery.

4 reasons why Dial A For Aunties is delightful chaos:

  1. Dial A For Aunties is a hilarious chaos in the best possible way. I actually don’t like the trope when things go wrong one after the other in a story but surprisingly in this book this didn’t bother me at all. In fact, I was all in for it when things started hitting the fan but at the same time I couldn’t stop laughing. One of the funniest books I ever read. I mean they are trying to hide a body for God’s sake but still everything is making me laugh. Ah this book is ridiculous (in the best way!)

2. The relationship between the aunties was incredible. I love the aunties so much! They were all unique and messed up but so hilarious and amusing that I couldn’t help loving them. The aunties were awesome! The fact that they were willing to hide a dead body for her speaks volumes of how much they loved Meddelin.

3. The Indo- Chinese culture representation was amazing! The wedding was mainly Indonesian and I learned a lot about their wedding rituals.

4. The audiobook was fantastic. The narrator did such a great job at narrating and doing the voices of the aunties. The audiobook made the book even more fun and entertaining.

This wasn’t a perfect book by any means. There were few things that nagged me. First, the reason she broke up with Nathan the first time was quite stupid. Second, how they got away with killing so easily without any consequences. This does not happen in real life and should not as well.
Even though Dial A For Aunties had few loopholes but I am going to overlook them because there’s no denying that this book was FUN.

My rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars

About the author:

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.

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