Friday, August 10, 2012
The Wish List by Eoin Colfer
Author: Eoin Colfer
Publication Date: 2002
Length: 256 pages
Right before she dies, Meg Finn manages to do a good deed that balances out all the bad deeds she's done in her short, unlucky life, so when she's flying down the big tunnel, she gets caught before the tunnel branches off to heaven and hell. She's balanced, so she gets to go back and try to shift the balance to good, to save her own soul. So the next thing she knows, she's in the home of an old man named Lowrie, who she was robbing the night she died, and he wants her help accomplishing all the things he regrets not doing.
This is a sweet and enjoyable read. Meg is rough around the edges, but as her back story is revealed, I couldn't help but empathise. And I love the relationship that develops between her and Lowrie. He's a little rough around the edges, too, and their experiences together definitely improve both of them as people.
There's also a side story between a demon named Beelzebub and an angel named Saint Peter. They have similar jobs, though on opposite sides, and sort of cooperate when cases like Meg come along. I loved their little conversations with each other. The recognise that they can help each other for both of their sakes, but they're also total opposites and pretty much hate each other, so it's a funny relationship they have.
Overall, it's a quick read, and a nice, feel good story, filled with Eoin Colfer's usual wit.
This book counts for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge.