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

I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book from Netgalley and Berkley Books. This has not impacted my rating and this review is voluntary.

  • Genre: Fiction, Comedy
  • Published by: Berkley Books
  • Publish date: March 29th, 2022
  • Number of pages: 304 pages
  • Author’s website: https://www.jesseqsutanto.com/
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Sequel to Dial A for Aunties!

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. Horrified, Meddy can’t believe Staphanie and her family aren’t just like her own, they are The Family–actual mafia, and they’re using Meddy’s wedding as a chance to conduct shady business. 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

Rating: 3.5/5

The hilarious aunties are back in this follow-up to Dial A for Aunties. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, I recommend you skip this review. I will avoid spoilers for this book but it will include some allusions to the first book.

We are reunited with Meddy as she prepares for her wedding to Nathan in England and of course, Meddy’s mom and her mom’s sisters are in tow. The things the five of them get into are pure chaos and certainly something that reads more like a script for comedy than a novel.

The book is pretty stressful for me from the main conflict with the mafia and the decisions Meddy and her aunts make. Fortunately, the shenanigans the Aunts pull lighten the mood, but if you are like me, you’ll be yelling at your book in frustration. Meddy is the same as she is in the last book as she tries to balance her culture and how she was raised with protecting someone from being murdered at her wedding, which includes a lot of sneaking around and lying.

Overall, this is a quick, plot-driven read with comedic phrases spread throughout.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to know!

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