Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto

dial a for aunties
dial a for aunties

Thank you to Berkley Romance for the gifted copy of Dial A For Aunties

Dial A For Aunties has a super unique pitch: one murder, plus a wedding, plus a super tight knit group of aunties, plus some romance equals a romantic comedy. I was a little skeptical, it seemed like a lot to balance in a stand alone book, but boy was I blown away by this one.

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?

The writing was so, so great in Dial A For Aunties. I really enjoyed the author’s foreword – it was beautiful and really made this book all the more meaningful. Overall, this book was hilarious – the author infused so much wit not only into the dialogue but also into the wild situations Meddelin and her aunties find themselves in. The story was also very chaotic and unpredictable – it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. 

Dial A For Aunties is all about the characters: namely Meddelin’s aunties and her mother. They were an incredibly tight knit family and even though they were a sizable cast of characters for a romance novel, they were each fascinating and complex and unique. I loved learning about all of their relationships with each other: the one upmanship, the competition, but most importantly, the support and unwavering dedication to one another.

Meddelin was the perfect lead for this book. Throughout Dial A For Aunties it was clear that she was massively dedicated to her family and loved them all deeply. Her relationship with each aunt was different – it was fun reading about how differently she handled and navigated her relationships with each of them. Her journey of learning how to be her own person while balancing her relationships with her family was heartwarming and made her happy ending feel earned. I also really enjoyed her romance with Nathan – they were perfect together and their chemistry rounded out the story nicely.

Dial A For Aunties truly has it all: tight family dynamics, a murder, crazy hijinks, and a sweet romance. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like this one before, and I kinda doubt I ever will again. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I’m going to be raving about this one for a long time, I can tell. Also, I am dying for the Netflix adaptation! 5/5

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