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Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

About the Book – Dial A for Aunties

What happens when you mix 1 (accidental) murder with 2 thousand wedding guests, and then toss in a possible curse on 3 generations of an immigrant Chinese-Indonesian family?

You get 4 meddling Asian aunties coming 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 inadvertently 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 the 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 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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“Your aunties coming over, so late at night, coming to help us get rid of body, and we don’t even offer them any food?” 

Quote from the Book Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Our Review of Dial A for Aunties

Practically everybody in the book world has been singing praises of the book. Usually, when something like that happens, the book fails to match the hype. So I avoided picking up the book for quite a while dreading what if I become the odd one out that didn’t like the book? But Man !! Am I happy for being so wrong. This book just bowled me over. I think I will partly give the credit to the audiobook narrator. I went for the audiobook and I had such an amazing time with this book. I never expected this book to be such a laugh riot and rib-tickling fun.

I loved how the book started with a brief about the cultural context because that made sense to a lot of things happening in the book. One of the reasons why this book shines so much is because of the humour at the least expected place and such flamboyant and fun range of characters. Maybe it is an Asian thing because I could relate to meddling relatives and how there is a thin line between being close and being disrespectful to your elders. Anyhow, I don’t want to take it into cultural things because the book is not an educator for Asian culture. It is the cutest, lightest, fun with capital F, book, you could ever get your hands on.

I would want to see this as a movie adaptation because if the book could be such scoring in words, imagine in its full visual form and freedom.

There is such an easiness to the book that instantly grabs and hooks you into it. Before you know it, you are fully immersed in the story and you have already finished half of the book in just one sitting. I liked the simplicity of the book. It is such seamless and effortless that it allows you to flow with it with joy. I just hope that the sequel matches up to the charm of the first book.


In conclusion. This is the book that you can pick up when you are having a rough time, or simply exhausted because this book can instantly relax and calm you. It has such effortless humour that you unintentionally fall for the book. I had such an amazing time with this book, that I would gladly recommend this book to anybody who wants to just relax and have an effortless book to read.

Squirrel Rating

Squirrel Rating- 5 Star

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