I think I would have loved this much more had it been a movie than a book.
I love romcom but I need some subtlety between laughing out loud moments. Dial A for Aunties was rather a satirical tale than a romcom.
If in the beginning I really enjoyed the “everything goes wrong” and “our plans are once more thwarted” tropes when the author piled them up and had them on a loop, forcing me to suspend all belief…it lost its luster and magic.
I honestly didn’t expect that.
Would have I known it I wouldn’t have read it.
Not because it’s poorly written, not at all, but because it’s not what I appreciate in my stories.
But if you like the genre, honestly go for it because the book has many assets!
What I did love though was learning about the Chinese Indonesian cultures. Seeing how the respect of elders is engrained in the young generation and all the little things you can only learn from native authors.
The banter and bickering between Maddie’s aunts were entertaining as well as all the “misplaced priorities” these women demonstrated.
The family ties were strong and it was heartwarming to see these women banding together, never hesitating, to help one of their own. After all, I don’t even know if my own mother would help me bury a dead body!
The romance was cute too and Maddie was a sweet and loveable heroine. Very relatable even though from a totally different upbringing than my own.
One thing that bothered me was that even accidental, there was a murder and I didn’t feel that Maddie and her aunt felt much remorse. Granted the victim was maybe not the better person but I was shocked to see it somewhat brushed under the rug.
All in all, I think this story missed the mark with me but will be a hit for people amateurs of the satire genre.
Thanks for reading!