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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...more
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Published January 4th 2010 by Disney Book Group (first published September 1st 2000)
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Stephanie ♥Loves Adrian Ivashkov♥
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...more
Caroline
May 16, 2007 Caroline rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Levina  C.
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...more
Violet
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...more
Kathy
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...more
Amith Cheeran
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...more
Helen Mc
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,...more
Candice Beever
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...more
Khalia Hades
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
Ellen
Mar 29, 2010 Ellen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
El Templo de las Mil Puertas
"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
Tracie
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...more
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
Kate
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
Kyra
Dec 17, 2009 Kyra rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Julie Decker
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
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...more
Magdalena Hai
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
Glimmerfee
Die Jugendliche Meg Finn bricht bei dem Rentner Lowrie ein und wird von ihrem Kumpel Belch getötet. Für die Hölle ist sie noch nicht böse genug aber für den Himmel fehlen ihr auch noch ein paar gute Taten. Der Höllenfürst selber hat großes Interesse an ihr, doch Petrus will sie nicht kampflos aufgeben. So bekommt Meg als Geist die Chance, ihre Missetaten auszubügeln und wird dem alten Lowrie zur Seite gestellt. Der alte Mann hat vier Wünsche und für die braucht er die Unterstützung von Meg, alle...more
Callum

The Wish List by Eoin Colfer
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The Wish List was a very good book and I enjoyed it even though there were parts that I didn’t like. Briefly, the story was interesting and intriguing. To quote the blurb on the back: “Meg Finn is in trouble. Unearthly trouble. A botched attempt to rob a pensioner’s flat ends with a fatal gas explosion and puts Meg in a very sticky situation. Her soul is up for grabs as Heaven and Hell try every sneaky trick imaginable to claim it. He...more
Cassandra Miller
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Michael Kepler
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“The Wish List”
Eoin Colfer

This is an excellent book for all age groups. It is full of humor but still serious when it needs to be. The main characters are well thought out. My only problems I have with the book is that every once in a while I find a typo or a misprint in the book. I also don’t think that the soccer scene is very effective.

Meg is a juvenile delinquent who has managed to get herself killed while robbing an old mans house. But th...more
Caroline Scott
really good. a girl gets stuck between heaven and hell, and has to help an old guy. i don't usually like fantasy, but i dunno... i liked this one for some strange reason. we had to read it for school. i probably wouldn't have read it if i saw it on a shelf, but it was really good actually.
Clarissa
So not doctrinally sound when it comes to life after death and choice and accountability, but a very interesting read. Great to read with younger (or older) teeenagers and get their perspectives on agency, eternity, and charity. Liked it better than his one Artemis Fowl that I've read.
Margaret
Meg Flynn is a troubled 14 yr old. In the first scenes, she has made some spectacularly bad decisions, but her heart is good. She dies after protecting a stranger, though; and this sets in motion Colfer's fantastic chain of events. On her way to the pearly gates (manned by a slightly sarcastic St. Peter), Meg is waylaid and sent back to Earth to add a little more good to her life because she is perfectly balanced between good and evil. Thus begins a race between Lucifer (portrayed as a self indu...more
Myra Khan
Eoin Colfer had only worked with male protagonists in his previous books up until this one. I thought the idea was unique and I enjoyed the adventures that Meg and Lowrie got up to while trying to fulfill his wish list.
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Great book! A fast read, with an intriguing and original premise, unique characters – a somewhat depressing story, but told with a touch of humor and hope. I really liked it.
Natty
This book was surpirsing and genualiey heart warming. Not fuzzy-everyones-a-happy-little-ray-of-sunshine heart warming, but we-can-do-this-thing-together-old-man heart warming.
Connie N.
My usual genre definitely does not include young adult not do I read fantasy, but this book really worked for me. It's light and amusing, despite the fact that it's about a 14-year-old girl who dies suddenly and has to fight for her place in heaven. Since she's done both good and evil things during her lifetime (she dies during a burglary after all), her aura is exactly even, which means she could go either up or down in the afterlife. St. Peter allows her to go back to redeem herself, helping t...more
Teresa
I don't know how I ended up with Eoin Colfer books on my shelf, but I'm trying to read through all these books I've been lugging around for years so I can discard them. I liked Artemis Fowl, but I hated what he did to the Hitchhiker's series. This falls somewhere in the middle. I think if I had discovered him when I was younger, I might have been more of a fan, but he tends to come off simplistic and bland. "Isn't it fun that Satan is wearing sweatpants and Saint Peter wishes he had a computer?"...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...more
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