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The Wish List

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  13,378 Ratings  ·  653 Reviews
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The Irish author who created the criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl returns with this heavenly, stand-alone book about a girl out to save her eternal soul. With his knack for suspenseful plot twists and intriguing characters, Eoin Colfer tells the spirited tale of young Meg Finn, a girl who is accidentally killed by her partner-in-crime during a
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Published January 4th 2010 by Disney Book Group (first published September 1st 2000)
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May 16, 2007 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loved Amelie, and imperfect but happy endings
This is the type of book that Oprah usually parades around, but fortunately for Eoin Colfer she didn't find this one.

It's an old story: wouldn't it be great if you were given an opportunity at the end of your life to correct past mistakes? Thanks to some irresponsible decisions, a young girl finds herself in the tube to the afterlife...unsure where she's going to get routed. It turns out that her ledger is 100% even - she's sinned and sainted in equal numbers. So she ends up getting sent back t
Sep 27, 2016 Chiara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho cercato il titolo di questo libro per così tanto tempo che era diventata una tortura, perché DOVEVO scoprirlo. Finalmente l'ho trovato, e almeno 4 stelle gliele devo.
Non mi ricordo quasi niente della trama, so solo che questo è stato uno dei primi libri che mi ha fatto piangere (e quanto! Poi sono diventata molto più insensibile, ma mi consolo pensando che sarà stata la crescita, o il fatto che ho letto troppe cose stupende per spendere lacrime inutilmente)... Quanto mi era piaciuto! Chissà,
Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
The Wish List is no Artemis Fowl but, damn it, if I didn't love it!
For a long time now I've had a dislike to heaven/hell - angel/demon books. I can't quite explain why but from all paranormal books I dislike books about that certain topic the least. However, Eoin Colfer shows with The Wish List how you write a truly great book in this topic. It was fun, very humoristic. I laughed a lot. But it was also very heart warming.

Eoin Colfer always creates amazing characters that I love. Meg Finn was one
Levina  C.
Jul 22, 2013 Levina C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Eoin Colfer's style can be detected from a mile away.

Whatever it is that he writes, Colfer's work will always have the markings of someone who writes bluntly humorous, technological, and sarcastic sci-fi fantasies - in other words, Artemis Fowl. He can't seem to adapt to different genres or story types.

The problem is, his style only seems to be effective when he's writing Artemis. In a book that is supposed to examine morality, and life and death, it just feels ridiculous at times. The gateway
Nov 24, 2007 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From a blog post I wrote in 2006:

The Wish List is another Eoin Colfer creation.

The main character is Meg Flynn, an Irish girl whose Mother has passed away and whose Step-Father is pretty much an uncaring, lazy slob. Meg breaks into an old man's house with a neighborhood small-time hood named Belch but things take a dark turn. Meg and Belch end up dying.

On the way to heaven, it's discovered that Meg's soul is equally balanced between good and evil so she's sent back to Earth to try to make amends
Amith Cheeran
Apr 28, 2014 Amith Cheeran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because it was by Eoin Colfer, one of my two favorite authors, the other being Rick Riordan. Also, I needed a pretty funny read and sure enough Eoin served me with his best. It had The Colfer touch to it every page. The story was a pretty cliched one : Make amends with your enemies and do something good in your afterlife to gain entry into heaven.

An interesting character was Lowrie McCall. He is lonely old man, a funny old man at that and is in a totally bad health condition. M
Jun 17, 2009 Violet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It was okay. It wasn't the best but not the worst.

Okay, I'm not the type of person that believes in heaven and/or hell. (Though I do sometimes tell someone to go to hell.) I just think the all that stuff is a little over rated (if you haven't guessed all ready, I don't go to church). The whole go-to-heaven-if-good-and-live-forever-in-bliss, or go-the-hell-if-bad-and-live-forever-in-flames, is a little bit cheesy and over done. But the things that Eoin Colfer does in this book is very orignal. Wh
This is the Second book written by Eoin Colfer that I've read and it's just as good as the last one (The Supernaturalist, in case you were wondering).

Meg gets blown up by a gas tank after a botched burglary with a nasty bloke called Belch. Belch gets sent straight to hell but it turns out that Meg's soul is 50/50. She gets sent back to Earth as a spirit to help get her into the Pearlies by helping the old man she burgled.

She has to help him complete his wish list, but the devil also wants her
Helen Mc
Sep 29, 2012 Helen Mc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wish List : Eoin Colfer
The Wish List is a fantasy novel by Eoin Colfer who has also written the famous Arttemis Fowel series.
This story tells of the adventures of Meg Finn, a young teenage girl killed in a gas explosion, who must return to Earth to help the pensioner she tried to rob in order to secure a place in Heaven.
Megs mother is dead and she lives with her lazy and abusive stepfather, her only living family member.
When Meg is forced to help the local idiotic criminal, Belch Brennan,
Feb 14, 2009 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The whole time I was reading this I couldn't help thinking through my teacher brain about the kids for whom this is intended. I was wondering how many of them would get all the content based on Christian, specifically Catholic, ideas of the afterlife. Colfer plays around with Saint Peter, and demons, and purgatory, and how a soul gets to heaven but most of the kids I know don't have any background knowledge in that stuff. And I suppose if they did, they'd probably be kind of religious and maybe ...more
Aug 29, 2016 Carmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eoin Colfer, autore di molteplici romanzi per ragazzi, ha acquisito notorietà internazionale per la saga di "Artemis Fowl".
Eppure la mia infanzia è maggiormente legata a questo libricino autoconclusivo, probabilmente passato in sordina rispetto ai suoi libri più famosi.
"La lista dei desideri", forte di un tema drammatico attenuato da un'irresistibile humour, riesce a fare breccia nel cuore di un giovane lettore grazie a poche idee, ma tutte buone e ben amalgamate fra loro.
Non è tanto la morte -
Conceptually, I really like this novel. I'd also argue that it exceeds Artemis Fowl in many ways. However, I wasn't totally hooked on the execution. Sometimes, the idea overshadows the execution, and this was a clear example of that. Three and one half stars.
Aug 28, 2016 Brent rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-500
Where do I start?
1. The story telling was great. Eoin Colfer is very good at keeping the reader engaged.
2. The entire premise of the book, along with evry nuance of the after life, or ghosts, or what salvation is based on is completely the opposite of what the Bible says. It took many many religions (except Christianity) and mysticism and blended them together and came out with this. It is stories like this that mislead people into thinking they can earn their way to heaven, or that the good nee
Tyler Mix
Oct 10, 2016 Tyler Mix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal response:
I believe that books in the fantasy and science fiction genres are exciting. The Wish List brings in an aspect of Heaven and Hell that makes me think about the things that people do and how it affects them. I personally loved reading this book and hope anyone else who picks up this book enjoys it.

When Meg lived with Franco she began a life of trouble-making and involved herself with a brute named Belch with his dog Raptor. Franco, in the beginning of the book, was a compl
Candice Beever
May 23, 2012 Candice Beever rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was thoroughly unimpressed with this book. I picked it up because I loved the Artemis Fowl series and wanted to read something else by Colfer. This being one of his earlier books, I think I picked the wrong story to start with. I'll have to try something more recent later.

On to the story:

I liked the concept. The idea of a person being perfectly balanced between heaven and hell is intriguing. And the general plot of Meg having to go back to Earth and earn herself some extra good points to get h
Khalia Hades
Apr 01, 2011 Khalia Hades rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The heroine, Meg Fin, finds herself prematurely in the hereafter, due to her and her partner in crime, Belch, untimely death while they are trying to rob an ageing pensioner, Lowrie McCall. Meg's balance sheet tallies to an unusual 50/50. Since neither heaven nor hell can claim her, she is sent back by St. Peter to help Lowrie. If she can tilt the balance sheet by doing good, she will go to heaven. However, Satan has decided he'd like to have someone of Meg's intelligence and determination in he ...more
Mar 29, 2010 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who enjoyed Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series.
By the end of the first chapter, 14 year old Meg Finn is dead, along with her 16 year old partner in crime, Belch, and his ravening pit bull of indeterminate age. Her last living act--robbing an old age pensioner. Belch's last living act--miscalculating the effect of shot gun pellets on a rusty old gas tank.

Next time we see Meg, she's a spirit awaiting her fate. But when her good and bad deeds are totaled--surprise!--it's a tie. Apparently there's no tossing a coin in the afterlife. Meg is sent
El Templo
"Meg nota que la situación se le ha ido de las manos. Nunca debió pedirle ayuda a Belch el Eructos, porque ahora se ve obligada a atracar el piso de un jubilado para devolverle el favor. Y no le gustan nada ni Belch, ni su perro diabólico, ni que el anciano señor Lowrie tenga un sueño ligero. En pleno “trabajillo” los dos chavales mueren, pero hay un problema: Meg tiene los mismos puntos para ir al cielo que al infierno. San Pedro decide mandarla a la Tierra como fantasma y darle una última opor ...more
Sep 11, 2013 Tracie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to chuckle when I read reviews (which I was just scanning through) either condemning or praising a book for how much like or unlike an author's other books it is. I guess not being very familiar with AF gave me a chance to come to this book fresh.

I'll start off with the caveat that I listened to this book, and the reader, James Wilby, is excellent.

I don't want to get into any spoiler territory so I will just say that I found this book entertaining and a bit thought provoking. I don't thi
Matt Sands
Death. Just one word can change someone's life. Can somebody really be too good for hell and too bad for heaven? Meg Finn can and she is. After dealing with her mother's death, Meg's abusive father shuns her and kicks her out of her own home. As a drifter, she does what she can to survive, but sometimes people make mistakes. After being forced to help Belch Brennan rob an old man, the situation ends in a disaster. Were it not for Belch shooting the gas tank, him, Meg, and his dog, Raptor, would ...more
Dec 17, 2009 Kyra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Now this is an interesting book. It dives somewhat into the realms of religion - if Satan is real or not, how he would act upon hearing the news of a soul he's trying to snatch. Meg Finn is neither good nor bad in the beginning - perhaps just mixed in with the wrong kind of folk. She has to help Lowrie with his wish list in order to get into the "Pearlies".

I believe this book to be a few steps down from Artemis Fowl. Artemis Fowl is complete fantasy and sci-fi. This book, although written with o
Eric Wolford
Oct 15, 2016 Eric Wolford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Wish List by Eoin Colfer
Rating ****
Bookshelves ENGL 420
Status Read in October 2016

"The Wish List" tells the story of Meg Finn, a troublemaker in Ireland who, with her friend Belch, were attempting to rob the house of Lowrie McCall. After this fails (with Belch's dog injuring his leg), the two try to escape, and, when that seems to fail, Belch shoots Lowrie's shotgun at his fuel-tanks, leaving to both him and Meg dying. While Belch winds up in Hell for his acts, because of Meg's desire
A very engaging and humorous book. I was impressed by how Colfer managed to make this book about quite dark topics (death, abuse, life regrets etc.) really fun to read, and I think it stands on its own extremely well, given the success of the author's Artemis Fowl series (apart from the constant reference to fairies whenever Elph's name was mentioned - was that really necessary?). I really liked the system Colfer created around the afterlife and the unusual predicament it created for the charact ...more
The Wish List
In this book there was a robbery. Meg Finn and Belch. They attempted robbery of an elderly man. The man’s name was Lowrie McCall. Something goes wrong an accidental explosion. Meg soul flung limbo.
She goes to Lowrie McCall and helps him complete his wish list. But she has to do it without Belch. He is on the side of the Devil. she has to complete the task in very few days.

Main Character:
Meg Finn is the main Characters. She has brown hair and blue eyes she is tall and th
Dec 01, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While growing up I was taught that there is a heaven, a hell and a limbo in the afterlife. Eoin Colfer turns this premise into a fantastic fantasy. The book starts out with a violent episode in which two teens are attacking an old man in his home. The rest of the book ameliorates this, however. The two teens die and both are sent back to earth. Meg is sent back so that she can improve her aura through good deeds with the old man. (If your aura is blue you go to heaven and if it is red you go to ...more
Dean Deters
the wish list
There is a boy and a girl and they are sibling's.There mother died and apeard on their window.They got freaked out and went under the house it was a wooden floor and there were cracks and holes they fell down one of holes but some how maniged to stay alive then they were stuck under grownd for weeks they found a way to get outof the trap and they go outonto the street and there is a bounchof weird pepole they go back under groundand only come out for food they start living un
Oct 28, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The key issues in this book are, regret, afterlife, wishes, and time. The author's theme is to never do wrong, in the end you will regret it. I think the author's purpose for writing this book was to say that its never to late to correct your mistakes.

Meg Finn- Protagonist - Meg is rebellious teen, when she was young she lost her mom in an accident. Ever since then she has turned to a bad girl. She enjoys doing what she wants to do, and hates it when she is told what to do.
Lowrie McC
Julie Decker
Aug 16, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meg's not a good kid. But apparently she's not a bad one either. When she leaves home and helps her partner Belch rob an old man named Lowrie, the geezer comes out with a gun, which ultimately leads to the death of Belch, Meg, and Belch's dog. Post-death, Meg finds herself at a crossroads: she has done many bad things in her life, but one of her last actions was helping Lowrie even though she was trying to rob him, so the powers that be don't quite know what to do with her. She's at exactly 50/5 ...more
Carrie Slager
Feb 17, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Eoin Colfer is probably best known for his Artemis Fowl series, but The Wish List deserves equal recognition, in my opinion. It is a wonderful, occasionally hilarious tale of forgiveness and redemption. The Wish List is a book that can be enjoyed by the young and old alike.

It starts off with Meg, the protagonist, and Belch (her accomplice) robbing an old man, injuring him badly. When Meg hesitates and wants to stop the burglary, Belch fires a shotgun at Meg, which explodes the gas tank behind he
Magdalena Hai
Feb 12, 2013 Magdalena Hai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mainio kauhukirja varhaisnuorille. Moraalisia dilemmoja, taistelua sieluista ja pääosassa naispuolinen antisankari (näitä ei juurikaan kirjallisuudessa näe!). Eoin Colferin kirjoissa on samanlaista pidäkkeettömyyttä ja anarkismia kuin Neil Gaimanin tarinoissa. Lapsia suojelemaan pyrkivä aikuinen minäni kiljuu lukiessaan päänsä sisällä: "Eihän tällaista voi kirjoittaa lapsille!", mutta samalla tajuan, että juuri se tekee Colferin kirjoista hyviä. Ne eivät aliarvioi lapsia ja nuoria lukijoina tai ...more
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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators.

He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the A
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