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JESSE Q SUTANTO

 

Dial A for Aunties (2021)

 

You know you’ve had a terrible blind date when a) the guy is someone your meddling mother has been chatting to online pretending to be you and b) you end up accidentally killing him. But Meddelin doesn’t have time to deal with the dead body right now because her family are working a big wedding at a new island resort the next morning, supplying the flowers, cake, make-up, photography and entertainment.
But after a mix-up ensures the body comes along for the ride, Meddy’s in for a wild weekend with her aunties involving a blast from her romantic past, drunken groomsmen and a heist.
This is a super-funny read full of slapstick moments reminiscent of a scene from Weekend at Bernie’s or Fawlty Towers – so much so that it has already been picked up for a possible screen adaptation by Netflix. But my favourite parts were the fractious relationships between the main character, her mother and aunties, and the insights into their Indo-Chinese heritage. 7/10


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