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Wow. This was a roller coaster ride of a read (try saying that 10x fast).
There are times when I'll become so invested in a character that I will experience her emotions right along with her, and with nearly the same intensity. This is what happened with me and Anna. A big reason for this may be that we were so alike. If I were in her situation (attending a boarding school for the first time in a country where I didn't know the language), I would be thinking and acting exactly like she did. And I have the same insecure thoughts when I'm trying to make new friends-I guess we all do. There were times I actually cried while reading because I felt so frustrated and upset over Anna's escalating problems near the end of the book. Needless to say, the happy ending left me breathless and ecstatic. Anna and St. Clair's relationship developed so naturally. I love how true to life the whole story was and how real all of the characters seemed. This was an incredible book.
Side Note: A small problem I had with the book was that Anna's father was described a lot like Nicholas Sparks (a Southern author who writes love stories with depressing endings and has a very large and loyal following, as well as a good number of movie deals). This wouldn't have been so bad except that Anna's father was written up to be a real jerk. He was even greatly criticized and called insensitive (by Anna) for making a profit by "exploiting" those situations, which she was especially upset about after learning that a friend of hers had a mother that was suffering from cancer. It kind of felt like a slap at Sparks, though I'm sure this was unintentional on the author's part. I don't mean to judge. I just thought I'd mention it.