Eoin Colfer – The Wish List
170. The Wish List by Eoin Colfer (2000)
Read By: James Wilby
Length: 5h 46m (252 pages)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Started: 29 December 2011
Finished: 31 December 2011
Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? I’ve enjoyed Colfer’s other books, and I thought the premise sounded interesting.
In Meg’s case, only
good-and-bad die young.
Summary: Meg isn’t a bad person at heart, but she’s done some pretty bad things. For example, she and another kid, Belch, are breaking into an old man’s apartment (an activity about which Meg is having second thoughts) when she dies in a freak accident. But when she reaches the Other Side, there’s a problem: her soul is perfectly balanced between good & evil, and so they can’t decide whether to send her to Heaven or Hell. Meg must return to Earth as a ghost, and use her new lease on the afterlife to help someone – in her case, the same old man whose apartment she broke into – and he’s got a very specific list about the life choices he’d like to rectify. But Hell’s not going to let her soul escape their clutches without a fight…
Review: Eoin Colfer’s books are a reliable mix of zany, snarky, and sweet, and The Wish List is no exception. It’s not often that a kids’ book starts with its protagonist dying in a gas explosion, but Colfer somehow makes it work, and what could be a very serious story about sin and souls and second chances is lightened up by the constant stream of Colfer’s humor. Even though a lot of the action involves following an old man around Ireland as he (with Meg’s help) rights 50-year-old wrongs, there’s still a madcap feeling to a lot of it that reminded me of the Artemis Fowl books. It’s not the most morally complex book, and there are a few plot elements and running gags that didn’t always work for me. But even though it didn’t knock my socks off, it definitely had some nice moments, Meg & Lowrie’s bickering made me laugh, and it was short and sweet and kept me entertained. 4 out of 5 stars.
Recommendation: Recommended for those who are looking for books that take a slightly skewed perspective on the afterlife, or for a fun mid-grade/YA adventure featuring ghosts.
First Line: Meg and Belch were doing a job.
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