Book Review: Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Meddy Chan has been to countless weddings, but she never imagined how her own would turn out. Now the day has arrived, and she can’t wait to marry her college sweetheart, Nathan. Instead of having Ma and the aunts cater to her wedding, Meddy wants them to enjoy the day as guests. As a compromise, they find the perfect wedding vendors: a Chinese-Indonesian family-run company just like theirs. Meddy is hesitant at first, but she hits it off right away with the wedding photographer, Staphanie, who reminds Meddy of herself, down to the unfortunately misspelled name.

Meddy realizes that is where their similarities end, however, when she overhears Staphanie talking about taking out a target. It turns out Staphanie and her family are The Family–actual mafia, and they’re using Meddy’s wedding as a chance to take out a target. Her aunties and mother won’t let Meddy’s wedding ceremony become a murder scene–over their dead bodies–and will do whatever it takes to save her special day, even if it means taking on the mafia.

Dial A for Aunties was one of my favourite reads of 2021 so I was thrilled when I was invited to read an e-arc of Four Aunties and a Wedding. This sequel has the same bonkers energy as the first and I loved it.

Meddy and her aunts are back and once again find themselves against the odds in an increasingly off – the -wall scenario. The aunts seem to relish the bizarre turn of events and the opportunity to (badly) sneak around and try to take control of an out of control situation.

Meddy gets swept along by her aunts again, as she tries to rein in some of their more outlandish ideas, even as she navigates through her own wedding while trying to enjoy the day and not let on to Nathan what is going on.

Beneath all the high drama, there is a quieter story happening of marriages between different cultures – even though Meddy and Nathan are both Chinese-Indonesian they were raised in very different ways, with Nathan’s parents much more westernised. Nathan and Meddy just want everyone to get on but it isn’t that easy. Meddy herself is also undergoing a journey of finding out just where she fits with her family – she wants them to fit in but is fiercely defensive of their right to be themselves. Sometimes working out where you stand is the hardest thing.

A laugh out loud sequel, I loved spending more time with Meddy and her family. As with Dial A for Aunties, Four Aunties and a Wedding strikes just the right note between the sublime and the ridiculous. Komodo Dragon shaped fascinators should definitely be a thing…

Four Aunties and a Wedding publishes March 2022

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