ARC Review: Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto

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ARC Review: Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Four Aunties and a Wedding
Book Info

Released: March 29, 2022
Series: Aunties #2
Pages: 304

…the AUNTIES! They are HILARIOUS to the point where I was laughing to myself.


When it’s time for Meddy to get married, her family picks out a Chinese-Indonesian family as the vendors, just like her own. While Meddy sees a lot of similarities between this family and her own, and is optimistic they’ll put on a good wedding, her illusion is shattered when she hears Staphanie, the photographer whom Meddy is starting to consider a friend, talking about taking someone out at her wedding. Convinced this family is the mafia, Meddy & her aunties try to save the wedding & whoever the target hit is.

The key is reading this one is definitely expectation setting. I don’t think there’s any significant character development between the first and second book, although meeting Nathan’s family was a new dynamic (and made for some very cringe-worthy comedy…think The Office). 

But there is one thing that keeps me returning to this series—the AUNTIES! They are HILARIOUS to the point where I was laughing to myself. I would definitely put this book in the same category as Finlay Donovan because (as you’ll know if you read Dial A for Aunties) the situations get pretty far fetched and unrealistic. However, if you go in knowing that and just enjoy the book I promise you will have an enjoyable reading experience. If you need a lighter book to decompress from a heavier, emotionally draining book (like I was) this is definitely the book for you.

One thing that I’m not the biggest fan of in any type of book is miscommunication (whether it be romcoms, women’s fiction, etc.) and there is certainly a lot of that here. Meddy withholds a lot from Nathan and there were definitely points where I wanted to scream “just tell him everything!” But I understand it’s all part of the story. Nathan has the patience of a saint for being able to get past Meddy’s unwillingness to communicate, but it’s sweet how he steadfastly accepts her and her family. 

You don’t have to read the first book really to get the second one, but I would recommended it because the series overall makes for a fun, fast read. 

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About Jesse Q. Sutanto

Jesse Q Sutanto is the author of Dial A for Aunties, The Obsession, and Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit. She has a master’s degree in creative writing from Oxford University, though she hasn't found a way of saying that without sounding obnoxious. The film rights to her women’s fiction, Dial A for Aunties, was bought by Netflix in a competitive bidding war. The novel will be out in April 2021. Jesse lives in Indonesia with her husband, her two daughters, and her ridiculously large extended family, many of whom live just down the road.

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  1. Like the review, thanks.

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