Blog Tour Review: Well, That Was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A funny and cute fake-dating/parental-catfish love story.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Jesse Q. Sutanto for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with complimentary eARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date:
September 27, 2022

An outrageous, laugh-out-loud YA rom-com about a girl who’s whisked from LA to her mother’s native Indonesia to get back to her roots and finds herself fake-dating the son of one of the wealthiest families there, from the author of Dial A for Aunties.

After Sharlot Citra’s mother catches her in a compromising position, she finds herself whisked away from LA to her mother’s native Indonesia. It’ll be exactly what they both need. Or so her mother thinks.

When George Clooney Tanuwijaya’s father (who is obsessed with American celebrities) fears he no longer understands how to get through to his son, he decides to take matters into his own hands.

To ensure that their children find the right kind of romantic partner, Sharlot’s mother and George’s father do what any good parent would do: they strike up a conversation online, pretending to be their children.

When the kids find out about their parents’ actions, they’re horrified. Not even a trip to one of the most romantic places on earth could possibly make Sharlot and George fall for each other. But as the layers peel back and the person they thought they knew from online is revealed, the truth becomes more complicated. As unlikely as it may seem, did their parents manage to find their true match after all? 

Content and Trigger Warnings

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for these book, check out BookTriggerWarnings.com.

About the Author

I grew up going back and forth between Jakarta and Singapore and consider both places my homes. I was fortunate enough to do my Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford, which is surely one of the most gorgeous places in the world.

I am passionate about women’s rights and diversity in publishing. I regularly do giveaways where I critique queries or the first few pages, and I am especially interested in helping writers from marginalized communities. If you are a writer from a marginalized community, do hit me up! I love hearing from other writers, even if it’s just to say a quick hello.

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Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

Welcome back to my blog everyone! Today’s book has such a wild premise; I hope you’re ready for it.

Well, That Was Unexpected follows two teenagers who are forced into fake dating each other (wait for it) because their parents catfished each other. I’m not even joking. Our female lead, Sharlot, was caught by her mom almost having sex with her then-boyfriend, while our male lead, George, was caught masturbating by his dad and sister. After finding their children in these compromising positions, Sharlot’s mom and George’s dad both decide that they need to find their child the perfect significant other. George’s dad and sister take over George’s phone and on a whim decide to DM the fake profile that Sharlot’s mom set up to find the perfect boy. What results is a wild ride where Sharlot and George find themselves pressured to date each other, not knowing that the DMs they’ve used to get to know (and kind of loathe) one another were really just their parents bonding over the failure of the new generation.

I have to admit that I just saw Jesse Q Sutanto’s name on this tour and signed up without reading anything about the book. Going into this novel blind was an amazing experience because I had no idea what was going to happen. Was this going to be a love story for the kids or for the single parents? I have to commend Jesse for coming up with this premise because it is amazing.

Usually when a book describes itself as “laugh-out-loud”, I find myself disappointed with how little it actually makes me laugh. With Well, That Was Unexpected though, there were a few moments where I literally did laugh out loud, something that is rare for me when reading a book. Some of the scenes in this book are a bit absurd, and I’m not sure how realistic some of the dialogue is—do people really say ffs out loud as eff-eff-ess or blurt out things like “f*** your mom” without meaning to? Regardless, I can’t deny that I had a fun time reading it.

All of the characters in this book are both likable and realistically flawed. I honestly think I would have preferred for George to be more flawed, because I felt like most of the character growth fell on Sharlot’s shoulders. I also found myself at the epilogue wishing this book was longer by like 100 pages or so. I thoroughly enjoyed the fake-dating aspect of the novel and wanted to see more scenes with Sharlot and George fumbling over trying to be themselves while also being the online personas that their parents established. I did notice that this is listed as book one in an untitled series, so I’m excited to see what comes of it!

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