Dial A for Aunties
1 (accidental) murder
2 thousand wedding guests
3 (maybe) cursed generations
4 meddling Asian aunties to the rescue!
When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind ...more
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But I’m getting a little ahead of myself here. In all honesty, I didn’t even wait to see the cover of this one before I was attempting to score an early copy – and I sure as heck hadn’t yet read a synopsis. Nope, I saw “Auntie” and my brain immediately went to the best thing to air on Bravo since the first table-flipping season of my Househoes where everyone knows everyone and constantly sticks their noses in their children’s lives . ...more
AN INDONESIAN AUTHOR
INDONESIAN CULTURE BEING REPRESENTED
CRAZY RICH ASIANS VIBES
W H A T
I'm sad to say this, but I'm pretty sure this is the first book I've ever seen that has representation for my parents' home country and our culture. ...more
So, I really enjoyed this but a major caveat is necessary: this book is not rooted in reality. It's absurd. It's self-aware enough to know it's absurd. If you think the premise is bananas, I promise you that it goes off the rails a dozen more times after the setup. I loved it, but you'll be miserable if you poke holes by asking logical questions like, "Wouldn't the hotel exterior cameras solve [redacted problem]?" Lean into the absurdit ...more
'K-drama meets telenovela with a side of rom-com'
OKAY, GIMME ...more
If you're looking for a serious, character-focused crime novel with heavy themes and a realistic storyline, this is definitely not that book. Please carry on with your life.
*But* if you're in the mood for laugh-out-loud humor, unprecedented mayhem (involving meddlesome family members and over- ...more
One of the funny parts of reading ARCs, especially for debut or sophomore novels, is that you never quite know what you're going to get. It took me probably 30-40 pages to t ...more
This one's a bit of a wild ride.
26-year-old Meddelyn Chan works as a photographer for her family's wedding business, run by her mother and three aunts - all of whom have been left by their husbands. Though this has persuaded her that there's a Chan Family Curse and she should never fall in love, her mum thinks it's time for her to get married. To that end, she poses as Meddy on an online dating site and gets her a date with Jake, local hotelier.
Things soon go seriously wrong, though. When J ...more
Well, I chortled through most of it while also reading from behind my hands over my eyes - because while hilarious, shenanigans comedy-of-errors plots STRESS ME OUT!!! But it’s worth it to get to know Meddy and Big Aunt, Second Aunt, Ma, and Fourth Aunt.
This is a book about accidents, but also about self-confidence, being true to yourself and telling the truth to your loved ones, the tension between what we owe ourselves and those t ...more
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this lovely book from my fellow Berkley author friend Jesse! When I woke up to it in my kindle, I did a happy dance. And let me tell you, it did not let me down! PSA to everyone and their grandma: this book is FABULOUS. You need it in your life!!
It surrounds Meddy, a late twenties wedding photographer and her meddlesome family. When Meddy’s date goes horribly wrong (resulting in the accidental deat ...more
Meddy's meddling Indo-Chinese mom reaches new heights when she creates a profile using Meddy's name and photo on a dating site then chats up a guy who seems nice (as Meddy) and agrees to meet him. Meddy is always the dutiful daughter, even when it means giving up her own dreams to do what benefits her family, so she agrees to go on the date. Except it doesn't go quite as planned and Meddy accide ...more
This book is between a 3 and 3.5 for me! It started off fantastic. I was instantly drawn to the main character, Meddy, and her meddling aunties. The flashbacks to Meddy's relationship with Nathan piqued my curiosity and had me eagerly anticipating their present-day scenes. However, as I kept reading, the plot became a little too over-the-top for me. I know a lot of readers who will love this type of writing, but it wasn't quite my style. The story moved at a quick pace, but ther ...more
Well, I am ELATED, JOYFUL, and RELIEVED to say that while there are of course d ...more
I loved how strong the family and the culture was in Dial A for Aunties. In my copy there's a letter from Sutanto about trilingualism being a product of their quest for safety and dreams. How it results in broken pieces of language and moments in life, not stereotypes on a TV show. I loved how Dial A for Aunties was an entertaining page turner focused on Meddys' inner struggle betwee ...more
First of all, as an Asian-American, I am always on the lookout for Asian representation, and the rep in here was done SO, so well. I actually cried at some points because I felt so SEEN, even though I'm Taiwanese-American and not Chinese-Indonesian like the characters in the book are. The dim sum scenes? They felt like a snapshot of my own dim sum meals with ...more
Near the beginning of the story, we get a split timeline which both really propelled the story and gave background to Meddy's relationship with her family and her struggle ...more
4.5 Stars! Oh my Freaking God. THIS BOOK! It was like Crazy Rich Asians mix ...more
As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it and it was everything I wanted and more. 'Dial A For Aunties' was just such an amazing book and I loved ever ...more