It is very rare that I come away from a book with such an intense love and hate opinion of what I have just read. Don't get me wrong the book is very well written and I was captivated from the start, the hate aspect concerns the way in which the story develops. The storey begins by charting the blossoming love between two boys, Shaun and Harry. It does not take long for the relationship to become the focus of both boys' lives and in turn dominate the varying responses from both families. The trials of being Gay and falling in love are hard enough but add the fact that the boys are both from Catholic and Protestant backgrounds produces the real basis of hatred, bigotry and conflict. The book is very much a Jekyll and Hyde - and I was left feeling cheated that I had been lulled into the beauty of the relationship between Shaun and Harry only for the story to become much darker and brutal. The brutality towards the end maybe a device created by the author and enhanced by the feel good nature of what came before! I am not saying that this is a problem with the book but maybe with the way in which I wanted it to end! Green Eyes is worth reading..