yes, I agree with all of the things that you said...as the adult that I now am
but I tried to put myself into that age bracket while reading it, and remembering how I would've felt or what I would've done. yes, he is playing them both (Anna & his GF), but I don't think he was doing it on purpose; just to much of a pussy to give up what is safe & comfortable, to pursue something that is new and may be a better fit
I didn't see Anna as the horrible person that you did
yes, she threw a tantrum over being sent to Paris, but really she just wanted her father's time & attention, and part of that was out of fear as well. and the friend who had a crush on Etienne let her feelings be known, but she didn't really pine over him or gush about him to Anna. so are you supposed to pass up what may be meant for you, just b/c someone else has hinted
that they think it might be meant for them instead? Anna tried to resist because of her friend, she really held off a long time, IMO, b/c of that. but when they just meshed so well together, & then they bonded over the holidays, I thought it was perfectly fine by that point to go for it; her friend sure wasn't going to go out on a limb and try
so I just say Anna as someone who fell for a confused young man who gave her attention, not a "skank"
she could be seen as a questionable friend maybe, but it's not like she set out to betray her friend; sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do to make YOU happy *shrugs*