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Book Tour! Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Review

Thank you to HQ for my early review e-arc and for inviting me to be on the blog tour!

I really enjoyed Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto, it was sassy, smart and I could not put it down. Meddy, as a protagonist was fantastic and likeable, I really enjoyed the struggles she felt towards her family although I have to say now I am not an own voice reviewer so I cannot entirely relate, only empathise to an extent. Sutanto uses language incredibly well in this story, it says in the beginning that she has written everything how her family speaks which makes the characters very engaging and realistic.

Meddy is ‘stuck’ in her family, as a female child, looking after her elders traditionally falls to her so she puts her dreams and life aside to try and please her family whereas her male cousins have up and left to pursue careers elsewhere. It’s a narrative trait I think is used a lot but Sutanto really brings it to life in Meddy, again through her use of language. She is torn between her aunts speaking Indonesian and Mandarin – neither of which she speaks overly well- and English, which she is fluent in having grown up in America. I liked that Sutanto uses this naturally and doesn’t make it a plot point for humour to revolve around.

Instead, the humour in Dial A for Aunties comes from what I can only describe as slapstick comedy. The situations Meddy and her Aunts find themselves in really is laughable and the book does not take itself seriously (at all) which is perfect! I loved that Sutanto managed to get so much hilarity included while still giving a meaningful story alongside it because ultimately, this book is about being yourself and being accepted by your friends and family by putting aside pre-conceived restraints born from society and culture. I would seriously recommend this absolutely bonkers book if you want something lighthearted and sweet to read because it hits the nail on the head really.

You can bet I’m going to be waiting to watch this on Netflix when it gets released!
Dial A for Aunties is released on the 29th April (thursday) in paperback in the UK but if you want it faster, you can get it on kindle tomorrow!

<a href="http://<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57313316-dial-a-for-aunties&quot; style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Dial A For Aunties" src="https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1614913952l/57313316._SX98_.jpg&quot; /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57313316-dial-a-for-aunties">Dial A For Aunties</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19278992.Jesse_Q_Sutanto">Jesse Q. Sutanto</a><br/> My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3963614365">4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br /> I really enjoyed Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto, it was sassy, smart and I could not put it down. Meddy, as a protagonist was fantastic and likeable, I really enjoyed the struggles she felt towards her family although I have to say now I am not an own voice reviewer so I cannot entirely relate, only empathise to an extent. Sutanto uses language incredibly well in this story, it says in the beginning that she has written everything how her family speaks which makes the characters very engaging and realistic.<br /><br />Meddy is ‘stuck’ in her family, as a female child, looking after her elders traditionally falls to her so she puts her dreams and life aside to try and please her family whereas her male cousins have up and left to pursue careers elsewhere. It’s a narrative trait I think is used a lot but Sutanto really brings it to life in Meddy, again through her use of language. She is torn between her aunts speaking Indonesian and Mandarin – neither of which she speaks overly well- and English, which she is fluent in having grown up in America. I liked that Sutanto uses this naturally and doesn’t make it a plot point for humour to revolve around.<br /><br />Instead, the humour in Dial A for Aunties comes from what I can only describe as slapstick comedy. The situations Meddy and her Aunts find themselves in really is laughable and the book does not take itself seriously (at all) which is perfect! I loved that Sutanto managed to get so much hilarity included while still giving a meaningful story alongside it because ultimately, this book is about being yourself and being accepted by your friends and family by putting aside pre-conceived restraints born from society and culture. I would seriously recommend this absolutely bonkers book if you want something lighthearted and sweet to read because it hits the nail on the head really.<br /><br />You can bet I'm going to be waiting to watch this on Netflix when it gets released!<br /> <br/><br/> <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/10891668-cat-spearey">View all my reviewsGoodreads Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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