''The Wish List'' is a novel by Creator/EoinColfer.
The novel begins with the protagonist, Meg Finn, dying horribly in a gas explosion after a break-in goes wrong and the guy she's helping (sort of) accidentally blows them both up. However, because she tried to do good just before she died - saving the life of the old man Lowrie she was stealing from - she gets sent back to tip the scales, so to speak, one way or the other, to heaven or hell. To do this she has to help Lowrie complete the items on his "wish list": a list of things that he feels will correct the many mistakes he made in his life. In the meantime, both heaven and hell are out for her soul.
!!Contains examples of the following tropes:
* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Step-parents]]: Meg's step-father ''really'' isn't a nice guy.
* AshesToCrashes: Lowrie throws a jar full of the ashes from Meg's mother at Franco. Since Belch was possessing him at the time, the blessed material traps Belch in Franco.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Lowrie and, in a sense, Meg's stepfather.]]
* BarredFromTheAfterlife: Meg dies with a perfect balance of good and bad deeds to her name, disqualifying her from both branches of the afterlife. She finds a way back to the mortal world and decides to help an old man fulfill his life's wishes in the hopes of earning enough karma to get into heaven.
* BatmanGambit: Meg agrees to help Lowrie "burst Ball", knowing it will harm her celestial standing, because [[spoiler: she doesn't think he'll go through with it]]. And she's right.
* BigBad: Satan.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Meg gets to heaven and sees her mother again, but she doesn't get to stick around Lowrie like she planned. Of course, this being a universe where the afterlife is proven to exist, they'll meet up again.]]
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The blue stones.]]
* DeadToBeginWith: Meg dies in chapter 1.
* DemonicPossession: Any spirit can do this, but it costs a lot of energy.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: St Peter and Beelzebub have a hotline that goes directly to each other and has been key to preventing the EndOfTheWorld several times.
** Meg's refusal to let Belch kill Lowrie during the burglary is enough to drag her Karma score up to a completely balanced neutral.
** It's implied that Beelzebub is disgusted by the surgical procedure Myishi uses to turn Belch into a soul man.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: As things seem hopeless for team Evil, [[spoiler:Elph manages to cause Lowrie to have a fatal heart attack by appearing on the visible spectra in front of him just before he can complete the final wish, exploiting his already failing heart.]]
* ForcefulKiss: Somewhat. There was no force involved but it was a surprise to [[spoiler: the woman that Lowrie kissed that he always regretted not doing so.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Meg's childhood, in her own words, was "no great shakes", and goes some way towards explaining her mean-streak, especially in comparison to the story's antagonists.
* TheHeavy: Belch and Elph.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:After seeing visions of hell while possessed by Belch, Franco resolves to turn his life around]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Both main characters. Meg can be a spiteful little horror, but quickly cottons on when she has gone too far (such as when she tells Lowrie that "it's a bit late for this life" and then immediately realises the full ramifications of what she has said) or when things are deadly serious (her reaction to Belch's pitbull savaging Lowrie, and her attempts to get Belch to stop the attack; an attempt which saves Lowrie and saves herself from hell.) Lowrie, for his part, is a grumpy old man, but is still sensitive enough to take Meg's issues in life and her desire for retribution against her abusive stepfather seriously. Both characters, in this way, demonstrate hidden sensibilities even if they are outwardly not particularly nice.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Meg absolutely ''destroys'' her stepfather without ever laying a hand on him.
* MadScientist: Myishi.
* MissingMom: Of the dead variety.
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:Lowrie find out that the bully he went to beat up in revenge is just as old, frail, and suffering from a failing organ like him. He also has grown up and regrets everything he did to Lowrie. They make up.]]
* NotUsingTheZWord: The Devil forbids the use of God's name in Hell, to the point that his servant starts saying "God help..." and quickly corrects himself because somehow, the Devil always knows when someone lets the G word slip out.
* PreMortemOneLiner: In the [[AccidentalPun spirit]], if not precisely this trope, considering both people involved are already dead. Meg Finn has earned her final reward and is on the fast track up the tunnel towards Heaven, but Belch attempts to drag her in the opposite direction, prompting (according to Saint Peter afterwards) the first instance of violence in the tunnel, accompanied by this:
-->'''Meg:''' Belch, you can go to Hell! (kick to the face)
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Meg naturally loses life-force as time wears on, and Lowries heart condition begins to deteriorate as the stress of the stories events gets to him, turning the book into a race to fulfill all four wishes before the pair expire, condemning Lowrie to an unfulfilled life and Meg to the fire below.
* RampJump: Belch ''tries'' to do this near the end, but RealityEnsues as the fence he tried to ramp simply ends up tangled around his bike. It wasn't even necessary, given that he could have just plowed through.
* ReformedBully: [[spoiler:Brendan Ball turns out to be this]].
* SaveTheVillain: [[spoiler:While he's not ''the'' villain, Meg's step-father is still brought back from the dead by her--and then vows to be a much better person, having caught a glimpse of Hell.]]
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: Brendan Ball. Lowrie wants to get him back for it, but didn't consider the "grown up" part -- [[spoiler:and it turns out he's grown up as a person as well, and Lowrie changes his mind, [[BatmanGambit just as Meg knew he would]]]].
* ShoutOut: [[Literature/TheSupernaturalist Myishi]] is the name of a character.
** Also, a possible one when describing [[spoiler:Belch using up Franco's "life"]]. "He was just a [[Franchise/GhostInTheShell ghost in a shell]]."
* TookALevelInDumbass: Belch becomes more and more bestial as the book goes on. Justified, given the fact that he constantly suffers serious damage to his human side.