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If The Dress Fits

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  207 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
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 do
Published October 15th 2016 by Midnight Books
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Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

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💙 I read this for the Unapologetic Romance Readers' New Years 2018 Reading Challenge, for the category of: Animal Lovers' Romance. For more info on this challenge, click here. 💙

When I found out that this was a romance between a plus-sized woman of color and her best friend, I screamed. Even better, it's #OwnVoices Filipino rep and the hero is a veterinarian. This book was also on sale. Honestly, this was like the perfect storm of all possib
I felt like I was still waiting for my life to begin, but my weight had nothing to do with that.

– Body positive and realistic: I love the protagonist’s conflicted feelings about her body. She realistically struggles with her feelings on it sometimes, but she, at the end of the day, accepts her body, and I love that. Even when family or strangers comment negatively about her body and pressure her to lose weight, she has learned to accept that she loves eating, and she’s not going to change
K.J. Charles
This was a compelling read mostly for the heroine's voice. Martha is seriously fat, and conflicted: she's basically happy, her weight problem is that people are jerks about her weight, but she does feel insecure, hurt, and constantly very conscious of her body. I am not a great fan of insecurity as a romance plot driver but it's easy to see why someone who's constantly being told how unattractive she is should struggle. She is, when not being insecure, highly competent, likeable, funny, and stan ...more
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
"I'm actually happy with my weight, even though it's hard to believe. I like that I can work it, because it's mine. Everyone makes me feel so guilty for it, like there's something wrong with me. But come on. I look amazing. And honestly? I don't say it enough. I LOOK AMAZING."

If The Dress Fits is the perfect, funny, adorable romance contemporary you seek. And have found. It's about Martha and the wedding of her cousin, Regina. And because of this wedding, the whole family is coming to Manila a
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I was so excited to read If the Dress Fits and it certainly live up to my expectations. It was funny, heartwarming, and empowering. A disclaimer: this review is coming from a skinny Filipinx reviewer, I can’t vet on the fat representation but remember that this is an #ownvoices book. I know this would mean a lot to fellow Filipino readers that need their own mirror. It’s difficult to find a fat character in the medium that we consume that didn’t resort to stereotypes, especially losing weight. I ...more
The only reason this book isn't five stars is the occasional distracting typo or discrepancy in continuity. And the fact that she said Shakespeare 400 was in celebration of his birthday, not his death. But otherwise, magical, wonderful, adorable book. I mean, look at the cover, and then download a sample and read the dedication. If that doesn't get you, read the rest of the sample and see if you don't immediately buy the rest of it.

But seriously: capable, fat heroine with life goals that don't i
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finished this last night in less than two hours, and wow, this was so adorable!! I'd say this is the most rom-com like book I've EVER read, and while rom-coms are not my favorites, I did love this tons, even if the drama towards the end was a bit too much.

Small list of reasons why you should read it:

- body-positivity + #ownvoices fat rep
- #ownvoices Fillipinx rep
- shippy as heck romance (A+ use of the best friends to lovers trope)
- strong willed, amazing heroine
- the hero was lovely! he was a
Ooof, I just... had a hard time with parts of this. I was excited that it was framed as a fat-pos romance set in the Philippines with an #ownvoices author... and while parts of it worked super well for me, others were not so great.

I liked:
-The setting and sense of place
-The role that her strong extended family played, with each family member fleshed out rather than being an afterthought
-how SUPER into her the dudes were, especially Max (and I read the bonus story from his POV, which made me re
Maf (Bookworm Wanders)
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rebekah Weatherspoon
This book does need a wee bit of a trigger warning for Fatphobia on the part of a few of the characters and Eating Disorder mention and behaviors.

That said HOLY FUCK THIS BOOK WAS FUN! The plot was straight up rom com with family drama goodness. I gasped several times and had to set my kindle down to process the plot twist I'd just read.

As a fat woman I could totally relate to Martha's experience. Sometimes you love your body. Sometimes you hate it, but that doesn't mean you hate yourself. I lo
Kate Olson
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-reads
Cute story, and a unique-to-me setting. Too much self-deprecation for my taste and definitely could use a professional editor! I’m going to try another from this author, though ~ she has promise!
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
8/12/2017 A fun, body positive romance and a delight to read! I love the realism of Martha's complex relationship with her boys, and sweet, bookish, animal-loving Max is just perfect. All empathy as well for Martha's crush on theatre guy Enzo, coz who doesn't love a theatre guy? Seriously, part of why I loved reading this book so much is that Martha has exactly the same taste in guys I do. I can also relate to her body insecurities -- how much do I love the sex scenes where Max worships her body ...more
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. I only had an issue when it came to the narrative descriptions of Martha's fatness. I was prepared for fatphobic comments from other characters, but I wasn't prepared for the MC herself to describe herself with phrased like "giant stomach," "massive thighs," "double chin," and more. Martha is supposedly happy with her body most of the time--and there are certainly moments where she owns the hell out of it--but descriptions like this didn't indicate ...more
A crime often committed by many readers but rarely claimed, judging books by the cover was what got me here. If The Dress Fits has a really pretty one that had me signing up for the ARC in .001 second.

Continue reading below!

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Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
Boricuan Bookworms- Book Reviews.

If I had to describe If the Dress Fits in one word, it would have to be ADORABLE. This book is about Martha, who’s tasked with planning her cousin’s wedding. The problem? Her cousin is marrying the guy Martha sort of loved.
"I'm actually happy with my weight, even though it's hard to believe. I like that I can work it, because it's mine. Everyone makes me feel so guilty for it, like there's something wrong with me. But come on. I look amazing. And honestly? I
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***Mise à jour
Honnêtement, je lui mets maintenant cinq étoiles. Oui, la fin était précipitée, mais j'adore tellement ce roman! Il est super divertissant et cute! Lisez-le!
J’aurais mis cinq étoiles si ce n’avait pas été de la fin que j’ai trouvé un peu trop précipitée à mon goût. En fait, tout le roman m’a semblé un peu précipité. Et le résumé était un peu trompeur… j’avais l’impression que ce serait une histoire de mise en scène, mais finalement, le résumé représente peut-être dix pages du
✦ 1st POV, heroine only
✦ Fat heroine; she’s an accountant
✦ Friends to lovers
✦ He’s a vet
✦ Set in Manila, part of the #romanceclass books [own voices]

I wanted to like this one more but I was kinda disappointed by it all :/

The romance -- which . . . isn't really much of a romance at all -- is more like 2 stars, and I've been wavering between 2 1/2 and 3 stars for the book overall.

Part of it was my own problems; I'm not in the right mindset to read about a heroine who is often self-deprecating abou
This was so friggin cute oh my gosh. And it's set Manila (and the author is Filipinx), something I've never encountered in a romance novel before. I loved the setting!

More reasons why you should read this book:

1) it's body positive!
2) Martha is adorable and so is her best friend, Max!
3) friends-to-lovers with a bit of fake relationship and ~secret yearning~ thrown in = trope heaven
4) she has 3 aunts named Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather
5) there's some musical geekiness in this as Martha and Enz
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the books for my #romancethesis. ♥
Dawn Lanuza
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This made me really happy, just saying.
And isn't that what reading romance novels is about?
Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels
***This review was first posted on book blog Will Read for Feels.

I freely admit I have got mad feels for Carla de Guzman’s latest read, If the Dress Fits. As someone who wears dress sizes in double digits despite being barely a hair over five foot flat, I found myself instantly relating to main character Martha Aguas. Especially when I read this:

"My relationship with food was long, simple, and absolutely delicious. My relationship with my weight was a little more complicated. I carried it around
Bianca (The Ultimate Fangirl)
Full review on my blog at The Ultimate Fangirl

I received an eARC for review of this book from Ms. Carla herself. Please know that this is an honest review and all the thoughts and opinions that I have for this book are all mine.

Is it possible to feel all the feels? For some reason, I have been reading a lot of books that tell me that I should love myself. And it is probably why I liked this book very much.

First, the book shines as a character-driven story. Martha is this person who seems very
Sinead (Huntress of Diverse Books)
If The Dress Fits: a romance story featuring a fat girl set in the Philippines. I wanted to read this book as soon as I heard about it.

The book is an #ownvoices book.


I loved that social media was present in this book. I’ve seen so many contemporary novels that don’t touch on social media, which I find weird considering that most people of my generation use it every day. The character who is a bookworm actually has an opinion on Goodreads, which I thought was funny to read.

Martha is a lovely c
Solaine Chioro
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Queria ter gostado bem mais desse livro. Eu adorei a protagonista e a voz que a autora deu pra ela. Eu adorei a família dela e as titas incríveis com personalidades fortes (na real eu gostei de toda a família Aguas). Eu até gostei muito da relação da Martha com o Max, maaaaas o tempo inteiro pareceu faltar alguma coisa. Alguns dos plots foram levantados e aí nem foram tão abordados assim (como o segredo da Tita Flora que era tão importante desde o começo e teria um impacto enorme na vida de todo ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: readharder2018
Hmmmm. It’s hard for me to criticise a self-proclaimed romance novel for being trite, stale, and predictable, so I will stick my editor hat on instead and tackle the real issues.

The most distracting for me were the truly egregious grammatical and typographical errors (the Bard is apparently from Startford-upon-Avon?) that need to be corrected BEFORE something goes into print, self-published or no. This story isn’t actually half-bad as far as plotting goes, so it’s a major disservice to not fix t
There were several things I liked in this book and several things I didn't like. I liked Martha as a main character, I liked how she was good at her job, how she was happy with her body and explicitly says so (the times when she isn't happy are more to do with other people casting judgement), I liked her complicated relationship with Regina, I liked her friendship with Max and I liked (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: family, love-story
“Is it possible to only half-love yourself?”

Thoughts on If The Dress Fits:

1. I. LOVE. THE. CHARACTERS. SO. FREAKING. MUCH. Maybe it’s because I can relate a lot to the Filipino culture, or maybe this is just a very well written novel that happens to revolve around a Filipino woman and her issues in life surrounded by her full of character family. It has a Crazy Rich Asian vibe in my opinion, and I freaking liked it!

2. Max. I CANNOT. Just thinking about him makes me equally ‘kilig’ and heartbroke
Latasha (Latashasbookworld)
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Jessica Haider
3.5 stars

I picked up this book to fulfill tasks from two reading challenges:
-Romance by a person of color for the Book Riot Read Harder challenge
-Let's Get it On- a book about falling in/out of love for the GoodReads Summer 2018 Reading Challenge

So, I hadn't heard of this book or author until I started searching for a book that met the aforementioned challenge criteria. I searched through a couple of different lists about romances by people of color and landed on this book. The book is by a Fi
Este libro es una mezcla entre un fanfiction y una telenovela y lo digo como un cumplido. Fanfiction porque tiene ese lenguaje fácil, directo y centrado en los sentimientos. Telenovela porque hay unos giros de guión y en general unos personajes que parecen escogidos para ser los nuevos protagonistas de la telenovela del año, lo que la hace increíblemente divertida. Además, el hecho de que esté ambientada en las Filipinas me resultó muy interesante y me recordó porque necesitamos diversidad en la ...more
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