if the dress fits review

If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman is a romanceclass romance novel that features a fat protagonist! I’ve had a bit of a romance kick and this is one of the books that I picked up.

Martha Aguas kind of has it all–she’s an accountant who loves numbers, an accident-prone puppy that loves her, and the perfect wardrobe.

Yes, she wears a dress size 24, her bras don’t fit and she’s never had a boyfriend, but so what?

It becomes a big deal when her perfect cousin Regina announces her engagement to Enzo, the only boy she’s ever loved (he doesn’t know, so don’t tell him!) Suddenly Aguases from all corners of the globe are coming for the event, and the last thing Martha wants is to be asked why she still prefers her lattes with a waffle on the side.

Thank god for Max. Goofy, funny, dependable Max, who finds himself playing the fake boyfriend at the family festivities. But why does it feel like only one of them is pretending?

If the Dress Fits is the body positive romance that I’ve looked for all my life. Martha is fat and sexy as hell, and she knows it! I adored how positive she was about her weight and size, and how she brushes off comments from coworkers and family. I wish I was as confident as she is! There are moments of self-reflection and negative thoughts about her weight, mainly caused by family who are constantly encouraging her to lose weight, but overall I thought that the confidence won.

My relationship with food was long, simple, and absolutely delicious. My relationship with my weight was a little more complicated. I carried it around, and I was good at making it look effortless. It wasn’t something I loved or hated, it was just a fact that I accepted. I know I’m supposed to “love my size,” and I did. But forgive me for not being totally happy with it 24/7.

This meant so much to me as a fellow plus size girl – and especially because the two prospective love interests are so into her! And speaking of love interests, I absolutely fell in love with Max, Martha’s best friend. He is a vet (omg) who loves reading (OMG) and who is so clearly in love with her that it is unreal! I often have a problem with reading (M/F) romances because the guy doesn’t always seem good enough for the girl – but that was definitely not the case here.

I also loved the family dynamics in this book – the extended family of Titas and Lolas plays a huge part in If the Dress Fits. I read a couple of own voices Filipinx reviews who enjoyed it too. Overall this is definitely being added to my list of favourite romances, not only because of the representation, but because I loved the characters to bits.

Trigger warnings: fatphobia, explicit descriptions of sex, mention of eating disorder

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