Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Martha Aguas is living her best life. She travels, works in a job
she enjoys, has the greatest best friend, and always does the most to help her
family. But her peace is swiftly shattered when her cousin returns from London
engaged with the only boy she’s ever loved. Suddenly, the family is all coming
together for the big day, but for Martha,
it’s slowly coming undone.
Dress Fits was brilliant, character-driven story. I have nothing but utmost love for this story, even with some
little discrepancies. It was exciting and
touching. Martha is very self-deprecating and depending on the person, you
either love her or hate her. Max is a sweetheart and another fictional male
lead you will desperately wish existed.
This story, at its core, promotes self-love. I see myself in
Marta, struggling with my own weight, and facing comments from our similar
south-east Asian background. Despite different cultures, the weight issue is very much the same. Martha meets some insulting
comments from about appearance, and I
really enjoyed that she didn’t take it. Sure, she makes a little comment about
her own body, but it’s her own body, and
it’s clear she loves herself despite what everyone else says.
Considering it’s quite short, the various plotlines we get seemed a little mashed together, so the fake
dating that sounds like a massive part of the novel from the book’s
description doesn’t happen until quite later on. I think we deserve a full-on Crazy, Rich Asian- style book of the Aguas family.
Family is an
essential part of this story. Martha loves her family and will do
anything for them. And I absolutely love the role her extended family played in
this novel, but what bothered me was how quickly everyone seemed to brush off Regina’s comments and actions. She had
previously bullied Martha in the past, and quite frankly, it was terrible to
read. It is somewhat acknowledged, but I
was indeed uncomfortable with the way her
appalling behaviour is brushed off
because the novel ends that that family-means-all kind of ending. This also
applies to the rest of her family as well. And I
wouldn’t consider this a proper criticism but for me, since I wouldn’t
invalidate this experience just because it didn’t align with my feelings. But I
just found it quite difficult to accept that whole “in the end, we’re family,
and that’s all that matters,” when it came to the fat-shaming comments Regina
and her family had made about her. But I did enjoy the family scenes,
most aspects of her relationship with her family were very heart-warming, and I did appreciate the moments where they are
honest with each other.
Overall, this is my second read from Carla, and I’m pretty sure
she’s now an auto-buy author for me. If
The Dress Fits was adorable and romantic.
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