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?
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I didn’t recognize it at first, because I’d known love to be this slow, agonizing thing that was never returned. But this? This kind of love filled my heart with so much happiness that I wanted to laugh.
More than the attentions of the two men in her life, Martha has to contend with her own issues with her career, and especially the scrutiny of her family. After all, she works for her father’s accounting firm, and she has a gaggle of aunts (check out their fairy-tale names!) who can’t for the life of them understand how someone her size can be confident in her own happiness–unlike Regina, who is pretty and perfect in every way possible. But no matter how happy she claims to be, there’s still a nagging sense of insecurity that she couldn’t name for sure:
I know I’m supposed to “love my size,” and I did. But forgive me for not being totally happy with it 24/7. I felt like I was still waiting for my life to begin, but my weight had nothing to do with that.