Review| Dial A for Aunties – Jesse Q. Sutanto

Sometimes you just need a book that makes you laugh out loud that you just can’t put down. Dial A for Aunties ended up being this kind of book for me. After hearing a lot about it I knew I had to pick it up. So today I want to tell you about this book and what I thought. Keep on reading to find out more!

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?


“You’re not a mess. You just kill by accident only. Bad luck. Can happen to anyone.”

After reading the synopsis of Dial A for Aunties I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but after reading only the first few chapters I was hooked. This book was a perfect combination of humor, romance, family dynamics and a little mystery. I also love how it was filled with Indonesian and Chinese culture.

Our main character accidentally kills her blind date and freaks out. So she calls in the help of her mother and aunts. It’s clear from the start that this family loves each other and is willing to do everything to keep the other safe and happy (including hiding a body no questions asked). On top of the body they need to hide they also have to be at a big wedding they’re working at. The family business is successful and they can’t mess this up.

“I hear about this kind of Internet scam before. Is called goldfish.” “Catfish,” I say. “No, I’m sure is call goldfish. Because pretend got gold, but actually just a fish.”

Dial A for Aunties really is just a book you need to experience yourself. The chapters switch a bit from past to present as we learn about Meddy’s relationship in college and the ex she just happens to run into later on. Besides the wedding the family is working at and the fact they need to hide the body a lot of other things are going on that add so much to this story. Including Meddy trying to figure out what she wants and needs without hurting the family who has been supporting her as long as she can remember.

All in all, this book is truly amazing and one I would highly recommend. The only reason it didn’t get the full five stars from me is that I felt that one element in this story dragged on just a bit too long. If you’re looking for a book that makes you laugh out loud, an amazing family, a blind date gone wrong and a new chance at love, definitely pick up this book!


Okay, so even though this book was way over the top is did that in such a good way. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this author. Have you read Dial A for Aunties? What did you think? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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