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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 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?
I’m reviewing yet another debut today (do I ever talk about anything else? … occasionally) and this time it’s a rom-com with a side helping of murder – Dial A for Aunties!
The book kicks off by immediately introducing you to Meddy, her mother, and her three Aunties. It’s absolute chaos from the beginning, with the aunties getting overly involved with Meddy’s life, and then later helping her cover up an accidental murder. As someone from a huge family, this resonated with me immediately, and it was hilarious.
I think a lot of people will compare this to Crazy Rich Asians and, honestly, I can kind of see why. Only because the characters are Asian and this is an over the top, very dramatic rom com with a huge family dynamic. However, I think that’s probably where the similiarities end.
I loved reading about Meddy’s relationship with her mother in particular. I thought it was lovely, and Meddy’s mother was kind of adorable. Her overuse of the eggplant emoji made me smile.
The other relationships in this book – Meddy x her aunties and Meddy x her love interest – were also pretty great and they carried the whole thing for me. The author does a great job of making you care about what’s going on with them all, and also making you feel a little heartbroken when things don’t go well for them.
I really enjoyed this debut and it has made me very excited to read the author’s YA debut, which is more of a thriller book, I think. I’m keen to see what she comes out with next!