I'm reviewing, 'The Wish List' by Eion Colfer today.
At only 256 pages long, it was a short read...
but here's the blurb!
"Eoin Colfer has made millions of fans around the world with his much-loved character, Artemis Fowl, the star of his hugely best-selling series. Now, in a beautifully written novel that is already breaking records in his native Ireland, Colfer introduces readers to a lovable but troubled heroine, who has been given the opportunity for a special kind of redemption.
Meg Finn is in trouble-unearthly trouble. Cast out of her home by her stepfather after her mother's death, Meg is a wanderer, a troublemaker. But after her latest stunt, finding a place to sleep is the least of her worries. Belch, her partner in crime, has gotten her involved in the attempted robbery of an elderly man, Lowrie McCall. And things go horribly wrong. After an accidental explosion, Meg's spirit is flung into limbo, and a race begins between the demonic and the divine to win her soul. Irreverent, hilarious, and touchingly hopeful, The Wish List takes readers on a journey of second chances, where joy is found in the most unexpected places"
With a book being about the choices that we make, and how they affect us in the life after, I think we should just jump straight into this review and not waste anymore time.
*Spoilers after the jump - if you have not read this book, then either decide that you're not going to read it or read it first and then come back!*
See the problem there?
As Saint Peter from Heaven, and Beelzebub from Hell, seek to gain this special soul to their numbers, Meg Finn is given a choice, a second choice at redemption, and also learns what is truly important in life and what it means to forgive, and receive forgiveness.
This probably has to be the shortest book I've read thus far...not including those in my childhood. It felt like this whirlwind of emotions and sassy jokes, hurriedly thrown together in this bright and glowing book. For me, it was about a half a day's read. But within that little infinity, it was surprisingly deep and made me think a lot about my own life and what my priorities were.
Meg Finn is in the middle of robbing a house with Belch, a teenage thug who steals in his spare time, and his pitbull, when Lowrie McCall awakes angrily with a shotgun to blast these thieves away.
Everybody goes pyscho, and Belch and Meg Finn is killed in a blast.
Meg Finn goes upwards, Belch goes downwards, and Lowrie's leg is still injured two years later from the bite of Belch's pitbull.
But fate happens to draw them all back together when Meg Finn's soul is desired by both Heaven and Hell because she is completely equal in her good and bad choices while living. Rare occurrence, so naturally everybody is fighting and hoping to get her soul.
Personally, I found Meg Finn to be one of the better female protagonists that I've read. She was sassy, sarcastic, and determined. She was flawed, clearly, and that's what made her so great. She made bad choices, which almost made me want to tear my own hair out, but then she made spectacular choices which made me root and jump in the air for joy when she did. Her tragic history of verbal and physical abuse from her step-father added to her character *As all tragic back stories do* and she actually made me laugh a couple of times with her banter with Old Man Lowrie, which doesn't happen very often, trust me.
Lowrie probably had to be my second favourite character, because he was so raw emotionally. It was his character that truly made me think about how I would feel, turning 80+ years old and having lived my entire life through to its end...would I regret large parts of my life? Would I wish I did or didn't do this?
Lowrie's story really made a mark with me for this reason. I felt his bitterness, and his regrets as I read, and that made me think of mine and what I wanted to change.
Belch's character probably lacked the most for me, just because simply he was a dog/human hybrid and simply on the hunt for Meg. It's hard to become a favourite character when you've pretty much got the brain of a dog.