Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Steam Level: It is Getting Warmer
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?Goodreads
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Dial A for Aunties was one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time! Part Crazy Rich Asians and part I Love Lucy.
This was one of those books that as I read, it almost played like a movie in my head. I imagined the Chan family carrying the cooler all around the hotel with some Lucille Ball physical comedy thrown in. Though the dating app conversation was by far my favorite part of the book, I laughed for five minutes straight after reading that. I thought that Dial A for Aunties did a great job of exploring some of the cultural differences as well as the age differences, both through humor and on more serious notes. I felt for Meddy and the pressure to stay nearby, especially being the girl.
Family dynamics play a huge role in this book. Not just between Meddy and her mother, but between the Aunties. I enjoyed seeing the competitive nature between the sisters, but also the clear love they had for one another. One thing I still am puzzled by was why Meddy never told her mother about Nathan. Though it is briefly explained, I would have liked a little bit more explanation, especially since it is such a big part of the story.
I loved this book and have already recommended it to several people, so if you haven’t read it yet, pick it up now!
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