Book Review: Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutanto

When Meddy Chan accidentally kills her blind date, she turns to her aunties for help. Their meddling set her up on the date so they kind of owe her.

Although hiding this goddamn dead body is going to be harder than they thought especially when her family’s wedding business has THE biggest wedding of the year happening right now.

It turns out the wedding venue just happens to be managed by Meddy’s ex, aka the one who got away. It’s the worst time to see him again, or…is it? Can Meddy finally find love and make her overbearing family happy?

I absolutely adored this book. It was laugh-out-loud funny, full of love, farcical and simply a delight to read.

Meddy was a brilliant character, watching her try to define herself while also honouring her culture was interesting. Meddy was warm and funny and so worried abut what the right thing to do was that she couldn’t decide what to do, yet when she needed help she knew categorically that her Ma and Aunties would be there – and they were. As someone who is white British I have no experience of the Chinese-Indonesian culture that Meddy lives in so I was learning at the same time. I particularly loved reading about the various Wedding traditions.

Our main plot point of an inconvenient dead body leads us through a completely farcical journey that is part ‘weekend at Bernies’, part family drama, part romance, part murder mystery and all heart.

I loved the very clever way the author introduced a romance element into this story, it was so much better than the standard Insta-Love trope and I was instantly on board with it.

Meddy’s family, were loud, chaotic, and so loving that were a delight to spend time with. Honestly I think I spent most of my time reading this with a smile on my face, it was just so warm. I’d love to have Meddy’s Ma and Aunties on my side if I ever had a problem that needed solving. I loved how instantly they were on her side, no questions asked (well actually lots of questions asked but not about that).

One of my top reads of the year, I recommend it anyone who could sue a bit of cheering up right now (or who just wants a great book to read).

With thanks to HQ and Netgalley for a digital copy in exchange for honest review.

Dial A for Aunties is available 27 April 2021