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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 o
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published April 27th 2021 by Berkley
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Hamda Depends. The book has swearing and a VERY thirsty MC... down to an entire page explaining how the eggplant emoji = dick.

The writing level and humor ho…more
Depends. The book has swearing and a VERY thirsty MC... down to an entire page explaining how the eggplant emoji = dick.

The writing level and humor however seems to target ages 12-14 so it comes down to how mature the 13 year old is. (less)
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Holy shit this was so good. This is definitely a new favourite. I wasn't sure about it going in just because I didn't quite understand the synopsis but oh my god did it work. It literally took me like 10 minutes of the audiobook and I instantly knew I was in love. The family dynamics are incredible, I loved each of the Aunties and Meddelin's relationship with them. The story is so rich in Indo-Chinese culture. I alternated between the audiobook and physically reading, mostly audio though since I ...more
Paromjit
Jesse Sutanto's comedy thriller is an absolute hoot, but you are going to have to suspend your sense of disbelief to fully appreciate and enjoy this offbeat fun fest. It celebrates the Chinese and Indonesian heritage, traditions, rituals and culture of 26 year old Meddelin 'Meddy' Chan, caught between being the good girl and daughter to her Ma, and her 4 Aunties, with their competitive rivalries and grudges, who have brought her up and poured their unconditional love and support into her, and be ...more
megs_bookrack
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**4.5-stars**

Meddy Chan works as the photographer for her family's up-and-coming wedding planning business.

Even though she did study photography, the wedding scene isn't exactly what she envisioned for herself.



After completing college, however, Meddy couldn't seem to extract herself from her loving, though overly-involved, mother and aunties.



Since the men in the family, and all her cousins, have left, Meddy is the sole focus of Ma's and the Aunties' attention.

When her mother fixes her up on a b
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Chelsea Humphrey
This book is a hoot and an absolute delight! I was wiping tears as I cackled while reading about Meddy and her family's antics. I loved the opportunity to learn more about the main character's Indonesian and Chinese heritage and seeing her learn from her mother and aunties' experiences. I'm not exactly sure what genre this classifies under, and maybe the fact that it defies easy classification is what made me adore this story so much? Murder, mayhem, and gut busting laughs galore, you definitely ...more
Jessica
4.5

What a pleasant surprise! I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, but I could not put it down! From the start, I loved Meddy's relationship with her mom and aunts. Their banter and bickering was so cute, and I loved how Meddy's family showed up for her when she accidentally murdered her blind date. Did I mention how funny this book was? Because I laughed out loud and gasped so much while reading because of the crazy twists and turns in this plot. Does it get a bit over the top a
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K.J. Charles
A truly glorious caper comedy about a young Indonesian/Chinese American woman, her overbearing aunties/mum, and the disposal of a body. Because they kind of accidentally killed the guy.

It's absolutely delightful. Our narrator Meddie comes across as perhaps a bit too downtrodden at first, but blossoms throughout the book. The aunties/mum are without exception superb. And the caper plotting is sublimely ridiculous. As with the best farce, every turn escalates the situation, and there were not one
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FireLily (HAPPY PRIDE MONTH)
Apr 01, 2021 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to FireLily by: Isabelle✨
Shelves: rtc
update: THIS RELEASES TODAY AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
also I got denied for the ARC I requested
*sobbing*
if you need me I'll be in the corner


EXCUSE ME
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.
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Tina
This is a light hearted funny Mystery/Romance. I have to say there is so much in this book that is unbelievable, but it is so funny that I just loved it so much. The characters in this book is laugh your a** off funny, and I love the Aunties. If you are looking for a book that is going to make you laugh then you have to pick this book up. The mystery does not really happen until later in the book, and the romance is not a big part of this book. Most of this book is just about her and her Aunties ...more
EmBibliophile
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
3.75 stars

Okay, am I the only one who got “the hangover” vibes from this book? I can’t explain why it reminded me of that movie so much, maybe it’s the “everything is a mess and all over the place” element in it!

Anyway this was so much fun! I didn’t know what to expect going into it, except that it sounds so interesting and guess what? It really was! The family dynamic here is amazing and hilarious. Each one of the aunts was driving me crazy and giving me a mini headache. they were just...a lot
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Berit☀️✨
Wedding cakes, dead bodies, and aunties... oh my! This book was laugh out loud hilarious! You definitely need to go into this book with suspended belief. Kind of reminded me of Stephanie Plum or more recently Finlay Donovan. Meddalin accidentally kills her blind date end it is aunties to the rescue! What could possibly go wrong? Well just about everything, that’s what! I am seriously giggling to myself right now thinking about some of the antics these characters got up to in this book. The book ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
I haven’t had this much fun with a dead body since . . . .



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 .
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Lacey (laceybooklovers)
4.5 stars!! This was a pure DELIGHT to read. The heroine accidentally kills her blind date and she gets the help of her mom and 3 aunts with hiding/burying the body. Unfortunately, they've got a wedding to do that weekend so they bring the dead body along with them. It's ridiculous, chaotic, over the top, and hilarious. I loved Meddy and all the aunties, who are a riot. And I loved the familiarity of reading about an Asian-American family in a Southern California setting. This was a fantastic re ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness! I wish to be next of kin of those sarcastic, witty, ultra protective, quirky, one of a kind aunts! I haven’t laughed so hard for months!

This book should be prescribed as mood-healer and sold at drug stores, recommended to all those grumpy people who forgot the meaning of true fun!

Which aunt is your favorite? I went back and forth with authoritarian, queenly, wise, cool big aunt and ultra entertaining, blunt, bold fourth aunt!

The story’s genre is laugh out loud comedy meets c
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Emily
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genuinely funny and completely charming in every way. I loved, loved, loved this one.
Bhavya
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-be-reviewed
I binged this in a day. This was such a fun read and apparently it’s going to be a Netflix movie, which I’m very pumped for. If you want a good laugh, you NEED to pick this up.

4 stars I think.

Review to come.

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This sounds very chaotic but I’m all here for it!

❤️~Buddy reading in June with my friends Piya, Akshita, Amodini, Nimrat and Rashi ~❤️
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Larry H
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Jesse Q. Sutanto proves in her new novel, Dial A for Aunties , sometimes family helps get you out of trouble, sometimes they create more trouble. But they (almost always) mean well!

If you like your books zany with a healthy helping of wacky, this is a book for you! It’s a mixture of oversized farce, accidental murder, family drama (and pressure), even a little second-chance romance.

Meddelin “Meddy” Chan tries to be the dutiful Asian daughter, but it’s hard when you have not only your mothe
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Brenda Waworga
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ADUHHHH!!! What an entertaining book! And as Indonesian who has Chinese blood from my father and have big family, this story really speaks to me… i also didn’t expect it will be so FREAKING FUNNY!!! I laughed to tears through my reading journey

Meddelin Chan (Meddy) didn’t want to leave her family (her mother and her 3 aunties) to proof wrong “the curse” all the members of the family will leave them , she also became a part of the Wedding Family bussiness with her mom and aunties as Photographer
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Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
Hey YOU (especially fellow Indonesians), READ THE BLURB and ADD THIS BOOK to YOUR TBR!!!

It sounds HILARIOUSLY ABSURD, OTT CRAZY, IMMENSELY FUN, and *A* for ABSOLUTELY PERFECT.
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Dial A for Aunties is ridiculous in the best way. After accidentally killing her date, Meddy Chan turns to her mom and aunts to decide what to do. They are going to get rid of the body. The next day the family is working their biggest wedding yet. The Chans have to make sure nobody finds the body while also doing their jobs. Meddy also runs into the ex she never got over. Throughout Dial A for Aunties I was stressed out about the Chans getting caught while also laughing out loud with all the rid ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

This sadly didn't work for me. The writing is very surface level and I couldn't keep track of the characters because they are one-dimensional. I also feel like this book was written to be a movie because it is heavy on the action. I thought it might at least make me laugh because the premise is ridiculous but I was just annoyed. I also feel like the romance was misplaced here.
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cossette
i absolutely adored this one. 10/10. perfection. just so hilarious + had me on the edge of my seat. the family dynamics were phenomenal and truly felt like i was reading about my own family. i will be thinking about this one for ages.
aarya
2020 Winter Bingo (#SnowInLoveBingo❄️): Messy Characters

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
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Robin
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was phenomenal, full RTC
Ms. Woc Reader
This book initially starts off fun. I came into this story thinking it was some kind of mystery but really there's no mystery to solve. We already know the killer and her name is Meddlin Chan who works as a photographer for her family's wedding business. Meddy's mother is desperate to find her the perfect man so she signs her up for a dating site with a fake profile pretending to be her. Meddy agrees to go on the date but after her date tries to atrack her she ends up killing him in self defense ...more
Mara
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-owned, arc
3.5 stars - This has to be one of the more unique books I've read in quite some time! I think the right word to describe this is wacky? Like it reads as almost a K-drama (though I guess in this case it would be a C-drama?), and it's a unique mash up of a soapy murder plot a la Clue with a romance sub plot. This made me giggle, and while I do think you have to kind of just "go with it" in terms of the more melodramatic moments, I appreciated how this book spotlighted familial bonds between women ...more
Lisazj1
3.5 stars. For the most part, I very much enjoyed reading this. If you just go ahead from the start and put your suspension of disbelief at full power and accept the story for what it is, it's absolutely delightful entertainment.

The story and its characters are charming and genuinely funny. Despite the fact that there's murder in the mix, while not exactly fluff, I spent the largest part of the book laughing at the antics *and trust me, antics is entirely accurate, LOL* of this warm, rowdy Indo-
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Lily Herman
The absolutely most important thing you need to know to get the most out of Jesse Q. Sutanto's Dial A for Aunties: You have to suspend all (and I really do mean ALL) disbelief! It's a satirical tale that prides itself on soapy levels of drama that escalate in the most extra ways possible. And that's the point! Enjoy the ride!

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
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gauri
read full review on my blog!

this book has no business being THIS funny

If you're in the mood for a not down to earth, hilarious, ridiculous, very Asian story that is just full comedy and entertaining, Dial A For Aunties is for you. It made me laugh hysterically so many times even though the scenes were crazy. The family dynamics between Meddy and her aunties were a delight. I highly recommend!

Thank you Netgalley and Berkley publishing for the ARC!
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Shealea
What a ride. Dial A for Aunties has redefined what "page-turner" means to me. Without even realizing it, I was 84% in, gripping my stomach from laughing too hard and extremely eager to reach the conclusion.

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-
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bella
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was such a delightful book and probably the funniest i’ve ever read! i could not stop laughing throughout, and the humor provided such a wonderful balance for the parts that were more stressful! the family dynamics reminded me of my own and hit close to home while also being hilarious at times.
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Jesse Q Sutanto grew up shuttling back and forth between Jakarta and Singapore and sees both cities as her homes. She has a Masters degree from Oxford University, though she has yet to figure out a way of saying that without sounding obnoxious. She is currently living back in Jakarta on the same street as her parents and about seven hundred meddlesome aunties. When she's not tearing out her hair o ...more

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