Published by indie author on October 15, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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?
Carla de Guzman’s trademark way of making you fall in love with whatever location she sets her novels in even as you fall in love alongside her main characters is a solid formula for a swoon-worthy read. And I feel like her newest read, If the Dress Fits, must be close to the heart, considering it’s a BBW romance, and she and I have spoken at length about our own woes in the dress sizing department.
It just dropped into my Kindle shelf a few hours ago (yay, happy book birthday!), and I’m looking forward to reading it later this month, but I wanted to celebrate with a Bookalikes post today, and the author kindly agreed to accommodate my request for a guest post. Besides being able to buy the ebook on Amazon, though, those in the Philippines will have the chance to pick up a print copy of If the Dress Fits at next week’s #FeelsFest, so have a look at this Bookalikes list, because if you’re not convinced you need to read it (because just going off the blurb, I already know I do), this might well help you make the decision.
Bookalikes for If the Dress Fits
by Carla de Guzman
Writing If the Dress Fits was almost cathartic for me. I’ve always wanted to write something like this, a Philippine-setting story with fun characters and a cute dog. Best friends to lovers is (quite obviously) one of my favorite tropes, and I’m sharing some of these stories that helped me write Martha and Max’s!
Never Google Heartbreak by Emma Garcia
Honestly, this book (and it’s sequel OMG Baby) are my favorite British Chick Lit books! Vivienne and her Max (ahem, ahem) are such amazingly written characters, and the situations they get themselves into are do fun. Their relationship was so nice and well-fleshed out, and I loooonged to emulate them kind of in the story.
What You Wanted + That Kind of Guy by Mina V. Esguerra
Sisters Andrea and Julie couldn’t be more different, but I like their relationship. They don’t necessarily listen to each other, but they still have each other’s backs no matter what. I like that kind of sister relationship!
Plain Vanilla by Ines Bautista Yao
Because the grand adventures of Tempest and the Juans (cool band name!) show you how awesome it is to have a family that is just slightly bonkers. Crazy families are the best! If the Juans met the Aguases, there would be no telling who came out of that family reunion alive.
The Kitchen When it Sizzles by Chrissie Peria
For those who have read If the Dress Fits, there’s a little homage to Nate and Olivia’s kitchen scene. I love the way Chrissie used the food Nate made to remind Olivia of him, and wanted to channel that in the way Martha uses food to wrap her head around her own feelings (or hide them).
For more on the author, check out WRFF’s podcast episode on traveling through the pages of a book with Carla de Guzman below!