A review by elthechameleon
Dial A for Aunties, by Jesse Q. Sutanto

dark funny fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


In order to read and enjoy this book, you have to accept its premise as a farce. It is not trying to be realistic. The plot is over-the-top and revels in that fact. Once you accept that, the book becomes much more enjoyable and the flaws acceptable. 

The author herself hopes that this representation of Asian American women is not stereotyping, and you're only able to follow through on this request if you lean into this book's humor and follow the writer on the question: what would happen if I accidentally killed someone and asked my aunties for help? 

The audiobook is quite amazing. The ending is a little quick, but again, perfectly in tone for its genre (as a farce). Looking forward to the next book and the further auntie shenanigans. 

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