Book Review: Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Sutanto

I’ve come to the realization that I like books that make me laugh more than I do those that make me cry. It’s very close though. I mean, sure, raising global water levels with all those tears is nice but snorting out so loud while reading that people begin giving you weird looks? Now that’s fun.

Title: Dial A For Aunties
Author: Jesse Sutanto
Age Group/Genre: Adult Contemporary
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Synopsis: 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?

Hot off the press- Rachel read this entire book in a single day! I haven’t read a full-length novel in one sitting since what, years now? That speaks volumes about how quick paced and addictive Dial A For Aunties was. (and also about how I really need to learn my priorities but shh)

I still can’t get over how fun the story was! Part rom-com, part murder mystery and wholly ridiculous, it had no business being so hilariously awesome. It follows Meddelin Chan, her mother and three aunties and their antics as they try to cover up an accidental murder and hide the body at a billionaire wedding they are working at. Top off this brilliant concept with witty writing and quirky characters, and *tada* we have a new favourite.

“Yes, you right, more respectful”. She pats me on the cheek. “I raise you so well.”
Hysteria rises from deep in my stomach and I have to swallow it. Trust Ma to take pride in my etiquette when I’ve just shown her my date, whom I’ve killed, in the trunk of my car.

Speaking of characters. Being an Asian myself, I’ve had my fair share of fussy aunties but this?? The aunties in the story were something else entirely. Actually, ALL the women in the story were phenomenal but the aunties were straight up ICONS. Nothing, not even a dead body could faze them, and there was a point where they were all actually sipping tea in the casual asian fashion with their kidnapper. I aspire to be like these ladies, thank you very much.

The romance was definitely a little behind the scenes, but honestly I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Plus, juggling wedding management (with a shitty groom and an ongoing theft) with a dead body by your side doesn’t exactly leave much time for romancing does it?

“I told you to buy Glad brand. Haven’t you seen their ads? Glad bags will hold his cut-up body just fine, no leaks!”

…Pretty sure that when Glad was planning their marketing campaign, they didn’t think their target market would be a bunch of middle-aged Chinese women arguing about how to best dispose of a body.

This book was basically one absurd thing after the other, and I loved EVERY moment (yeeah I probably need help)

★★★★½ stars (rounded up to 5) to this weird-in-the-best-way rom-com! If this wasn’t clear from the review, I’d quite appreciate if you could drop whatever you’re doing right now and start devouring this book.

Whoever said “It’s as hard as herding cats” has obviously never tried to herd a group of Asian aunties.

Have you read Dial A For Aunties?? Thoughts?? Any books you’ve read recently that made you laugh out loud? Chat with me in the comments!

~ Rachel


19 thoughts on “Book Review: Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Sutanto

    1. AHHH I’m so glad you love this book!! it became my absolute FAVOURITE this year !! it’s all over the place but tbh that is a part of the ✨ chaotic charm ✨

      I’m still not over Nathan (that’s his name right??) being all ‘i know’ when the MC is trying to explain🤣

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  1. RACHEL HAVE I EVER MENTIONED HOW MUCH I LOVE YOUR REVIEWS????? but i’m SLLIIIIIGGGHHHHTTLY jealous of you for putting up such COHERENT THOUGHTS for this one when i couldn’t stop screeching upon attempting to write a review. BUT ALSO YES OMGG I AGREE SO MUCH WITH EVERYTHING – THE AUNTIES GODDDDDD I LOVE THEM 😭😭 except for perhaps the romance. it felt kind of really bland and NO CHEMISTRY??

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    1. well would it help if i told you i was considering putting up a review which consisted only of lots of synonyms of AHHHHHHH? oh yes the aunties can stomp on me and id thank them😭 hm i agree about the romance but with so much going on i didn’t even pay much attention there?? thank you so much!!

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  2. RACHEL I ADORED THIS REVIEW!!! This sounds like such a BRILLIANT book and I’ve been hearing the best things about it non-stop 😭😭 this is going to the top of my TBR right now ahhhhh, loved this review once again💖💖

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  3. RACHEL- how are your introductions always so goood ?? i’m gonna have to check your brain dude- where do you store up all that ingeniousness??
    and BESTIE lemme tell you how much i adored your review because now i definitely CAN NOT wait for this book to be in my hands!!! Ahh we all know aunties but these aunties seem SUPER fun- and those snippets which you shared are hilarious af!! i’d heard good things about this but your review makes me wish i could this right now and scream with you !! the concept sounds brilliant but the writing and the actual story sound even better!! definitely picking this one up soon!! and LOVELY REVIEW <333

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    1. BLACK MAGIC MWAHAHAHA ooo are you implying ive got a really huge brain?? im going to take that as a compliment, thank you very much.
      YAY I HAVE CONVINCED YOU also yass take those snippets and multiply them by a couple hundreds and you have the level of hilarious this book is!! ahhh please do (and SCREAM about it to me later) its a lot of fun!!


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