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"He taught him the secret to Karate lies in the mind and heart. Not in the hands." A novelization based on the movie. "He taught him the secret to Karate lies in the mind and heart. Not in the hands." A novelization based on the movie.


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"He taught him the secret to Karate lies in the mind and heart. Not in the hands." A novelization based on the movie. "He taught him the secret to Karate lies in the mind and heart. Not in the hands." A novelization based on the movie.

30 review for The Karate Kid

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Read Hard, Read First, No Mercy!! Where to begin? I owned and reread this mass market pulp novelization of the movie sooooo many times that the cover started to dissolve from the corners in! My childhood best friend and I were obsessed with the movie - yes, we promptly began taking karate at the Y - and with Ralph Macchio in general - who, now at almost 60, finally looks all of 35. While the movie remains burned on my brain, I had completely forgotten about this paperback until I began recently w Read Hard, Read First, No Mercy!! Where to begin? I owned and reread this mass market pulp novelization of the movie sooooo many times that the cover started to dissolve from the corners in! My childhood best friend and I were obsessed with the movie - yes, we promptly began taking karate at the Y - and with Ralph Macchio in general - who, now at almost 60, finally looks all of 35. While the movie remains burned on my brain, I had completely forgotten about this paperback until I began recently watching Cobra Kai, the former web series, now adopted by Netflix, that imagines the middle-aged life of Daniel LaRusso nemesis and washed-up former golden boy Johnny Lawrence - William Zabka, appropriately and may I say SUBLIMELY aged, like a fine Scotch - about whom I must admit my adult self is having MAJOR FEELINGS. Those were the days!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    { U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y }

    ***One of my favorite books of 2019*** Ahh, The Karate Kid... Nostalgia smells beautiful, Am I right? This has to be a favorite movie of mine. I loved everything about the movie from Pat Morita, karate and bonsai trees. It was through this movie I learned about bonsai trees and karate. The book makes me love the movie all the more. Even if I hadn't seen the movie, I'd still love this book. My hubby and I have been watching Cobra Kai; the new youtube only show. We absolutely LOVE it. Its well made an ***One of my favorite books of 2019*** Ahh, The Karate Kid... Nostalgia smells beautiful, Am I right? This has to be a favorite movie of mine. I loved everything about the movie from Pat Morita, karate and bonsai trees. It was through this movie I learned about bonsai trees and karate. The book makes me love the movie all the more. Even if I hadn't seen the movie, I'd still love this book. My hubby and I have been watching Cobra Kai; the new youtube only show. We absolutely LOVE it. Its well made and any Karate Kid fan need to watch it pronto. I will be reading books 2 and 3 very soon.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carolina Morales

    The Karate Kid is an inspirational movie that became a classic due both to the excellent quality of the scrip and the great interpretations of the actors (and all crew involved, of course). Daniel Larusso comes to sunny California dragged by his mom all the way from New Jersey. He's a skinny, pale and 'not cool' new guy with an attitute (aka 'cry baby'). Daniel's also prone to attract troubles with his impulsive, now and then senseless behaviour and childish sense of humour. Daniel meets a beautif The Karate Kid is an inspirational movie that became a classic due both to the excellent quality of the scrip and the great interpretations of the actors (and all crew involved, of course). Daniel Larusso comes to sunny California dragged by his mom all the way from New Jersey. He's a skinny, pale and 'not cool' new guy with an attitute (aka 'cry baby'). Daniel's also prone to attract troubles with his impulsive, now and then senseless behaviour and childish sense of humour. Daniel meets a beautiful girl named Ali Mills, whom his neighbour advises him to stay away from, since she's from 'the Hills'. Not familiar to the expression, he is enlightened to understand she is a wealthy person. However, in all the glory of his 45kg, Larusso decides to stick around and try to win the girl with his charms. Too bad her former boyfriend Johnny Lawrence is # 1 student of the local dojo, and his sensei is not only a Vietnam vet but also a dark master who teaches to have no mercy upon any enemy. Even when you're fighting 5 against 1. Oddly enough, Laruso expresses the desire to join the fancy Karate Classes, which his mother clearly can't afford. In the meantime, instead of avoiding troubles, Daniel decides to play a prank over his bullies at school, and gives them a shower over the Welcoming Dance while they're not paying particular attention, too busy rolling weed cigars. Has anybody given Daniel a hint of not picking a fight you cannot win? Specially when you know it will be 5 vs 1 and mean guy is really pissed once you're hanging around with his girl? Apparently, not. So just when Daniel is about to be euthanasied by the karate gang, his building janitor, a comic little japanese senior named Mr Miyagi, comes out of the blue in order to defend him. How can a 75 years old defeat 5 teeaner angsted bullies is left for you to understand, though. Mr Miyagi takes Daniel as his pupil and starts his training to defend his honour. Here comes the anthem of the Karate Kid philosophy, a subtle concept hard to catch immediately: "Learn to fight so you don't have to". I find hard to beleive even a skilled master would be able to teach a skinny guy in one month enough o win the First Place in a Karate Contest, but hey, that's California. Dreamland. Persue your dream and you'll suceed. Nice outfit, also.

  4. 5 out of 5

    P.S. Winn

    Great story of friendship, struggles and having a dream to be the best you can be.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Phenomenal accompaniment of the movie

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    narrated by Timmi Lasley on youtube

  7. 5 out of 5

    John Stanifer

    For a book that barely runs past the 100-page mark, the original Karate Kid novelization that came out the year the film was released (1984) was a surprisingly good read . . . and sometimes packs an emotional punch. Fans need look no further than the scene where Daniel visits Mr. Miyagi after his disastrous trip to the country club and finds Miyagi drunk and in distress over the memory of the fate of his wife and child: "To Daniel, that had always been a shameful part of America's history, but unt For a book that barely runs past the 100-page mark, the original Karate Kid novelization that came out the year the film was released (1984) was a surprisingly good read . . . and sometimes packs an emotional punch. Fans need look no further than the scene where Daniel visits Mr. Miyagi after his disastrous trip to the country club and finds Miyagi drunk and in distress over the memory of the fate of his wife and child: "To Daniel, that had always been a shameful part of America's history, but until that instant, it had been just that--history. With a jolt, Daniel realized that real people like Mr. Miyagi's wife had been interned while their men, like Mr. Miyagi, were battling for America. The irony of the situation cut like a knife." ~p.93 Or this, a few paragraphs later just after Daniel reads the telegram announcing the death of Mrs. Miyagi in childbirth: "Daniel looked down at the small crumpled figure snoring peacefully on the bed. He reached down and lovingly removed a thread from the old uniform, smoothing the silver hair. Daniel blew out the lantern, throwing the room into darkness, and left." ~p.94 And that's how the chapter ends. Pretty deep stuff for a thin young-adult book based on a popular film. For the most part, the book follows the events of the film pretty closely, but there are a few notable differences. There's no "YEAH, GET HIM A BODY BAG!" line. Bobby knocks Daniel's leg out and apologizes (in the film, it's Johnny who apologizes), then after he's permanently disqualified from the league, Bobby leaves the room in disgust, dropping his karate belt at Kreese's feet. No overacting going on in the background this time . . . just Bobby's quiet rejection of the Cobra Kai lifestyle. It's a much subtler scene in the book. Also, the book ends where KK2 begins: with Miyagi pinching Kreese's nose in the parking lot. And this time, ALL of the Cobrai Kai students end up leaving their belts at Kreese's feet in a pile before walking away. I'm pretty confident this isn't the first time I've read the book, but it's been so long that I didn't remember much of it. The same author wrote the book for KK2, so I'll be looking forward to that one soon, too (it's on its way from the U.K. -- for whatever reason, I had trouble finding a copy from a U.S. seller).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While it can't compare to the movie or even Avildsen's rehearsal footage, I love that you get some information that ended up on the film's cutting room floor or changed between drafts of the script. The part that I loved most was Bobby taking off his belt and dropping it in front of Kreese after being disqualified for injuring Daniel. I wish that had been kept in the film. Although, I do prefer the Kreese attacking Johnny/Kreese v. Miyagi scene at the beginning of The Karate Kid Part II over how While it can't compare to the movie or even Avildsen's rehearsal footage, I love that you get some information that ended up on the film's cutting room floor or changed between drafts of the script. The part that I loved most was Bobby taking off his belt and dropping it in front of Kreese after being disqualified for injuring Daniel. I wish that had been kept in the film. Although, I do prefer the Kreese attacking Johnny/Kreese v. Miyagi scene at the beginning of The Karate Kid Part II over how it was originally written in the books. It is more traumatic for the young Cobras to see their friend being nearly killed by their sensei and then attacked for trying to help him rather than the mild version of the book leading to the rest of the Cobras to drop their belts at Kreese's feet after his humiliation.

  9. 5 out of 5

    MargaRAT

    I never saw the movie so the book is all I have. It is really good! I got emotional three times at the end. I think movie adaptation novels are a real challenge and Miller did a great job. Now I want to see the movie!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Ali

    Book full of strength,hard work... Do read this book guys irs alovely story with a sad climax and a happy ending... Karate kid is one of my favourite novel and movie.... Recommend it to both teens and adults!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    The Karate Kid is pretty weak even for a movie novelization, but clearly this book is intended for a young audience. Little is added to the story aside from the original ending which became the opening scene of Karate Kid II.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    2.5 really left a lot out and it is just for children

  13. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    This has a lot of good lessons that are wise to learn. Another good, short read for the book/movie project my sister and I are doing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cory

    i think this is easy to read

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I love movie novelizations.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Roman Paniagua

    I read The Karate Kid by B.B Hiller. I felt good about myself when I read the book because I could relate to the main character, Daniel. He was training to be a black belt master. The way I can relate to Daniel is that I am training in baseball to get better. The other main characters are Mr. Miagi, and Alia. I liked Mr.Miagi because he was protective of Daniel. He was like a father to Daniel. I liked Alia because she cared about Daniel, as well. The author made me feel interested to read this bo I read The Karate Kid by B.B Hiller. I felt good about myself when I read the book because I could relate to the main character, Daniel. He was training to be a black belt master. The way I can relate to Daniel is that I am training in baseball to get better. The other main characters are Mr. Miagi, and Alia. I liked Mr.Miagi because he was protective of Daniel. He was like a father to Daniel. I liked Alia because she cared about Daniel, as well. The author made me feel interested to read this book because the main idea was about a kid turning into a black belt in less than 3 weeks.The setting to this story is great making a kid moves from New Jersey to upper San Diego,California. This girl that he met in school named Ali is always looking out for him. Bottom line is that this book is a great book for its character,setting,plot,and the resolution in this book. I think that this book can be better if the author made it longer to show more details in the novel.

  17. 4 out of 5

    GD

    This book was pretty bad, even as far as novelizations go, but then again I'm not a ten year old kid. I think there was some kind of creative license with the ending, I distinctly remember the Karate Kid movie ending just seconds after Daniel crane kicks Johnny in the chin and freeze frames on Mr Miyagi's smiling face, and part TWO starts off right after the match in the parking lot, where Mr Miyagi lets Kreese bust his hands up on some car windows before humiliating his ass in front of his stud This book was pretty bad, even as far as novelizations go, but then again I'm not a ten year old kid. I think there was some kind of creative license with the ending, I distinctly remember the Karate Kid movie ending just seconds after Daniel crane kicks Johnny in the chin and freeze frames on Mr Miyagi's smiling face, and part TWO starts off right after the match in the parking lot, where Mr Miyagi lets Kreese bust his hands up on some car windows before humiliating his ass in front of his students, which is how the novelization of part ONE ends. Did the writer of the novelization create the beginning of part 2?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    DISCLAIMER: You might call me "majorly deprived," but I've never seen the original Karate Kid film; therefore, I can't comment on how true this novelization is to its source material. This literary adaptation of the classic movie is stylistically similar to the Gospel of Mark: big on story and action, short on detail. Though the character's thoughts are explained, the localities where everything takes place are largely nondescript. Die-hard fans of the Ralph Macchio/Pat Morita flick might find th DISCLAIMER: You might call me "majorly deprived," but I've never seen the original Karate Kid film; therefore, I can't comment on how true this novelization is to its source material. This literary adaptation of the classic movie is stylistically similar to the Gospel of Mark: big on story and action, short on detail. Though the character's thoughts are explained, the localities where everything takes place are largely nondescript. Die-hard fans of the Ralph Macchio/Pat Morita flick might find this moderately enjoyable, but everyone else should just stick with the movie, assuming that it's as clean as this book was.

  19. 5 out of 5

    J

    A very close translation from visual movie to literary book. The story feels very much the same, but the characters feel different. Miyagi feels less mysterious and regal, Daniel more loaded with fear and apprehension, Johnny less a villain and more the standard competitive boy, and Ali some sort of super awesome down to Earth girl. A lot of the magic and mysticism felt in the movie are missing in this version though and it's one of the rare instances in which the book is artistically lesser than t A very close translation from visual movie to literary book. The story feels very much the same, but the characters feel different. Miyagi feels less mysterious and regal, Daniel more loaded with fear and apprehension, Johnny less a villain and more the standard competitive boy, and Ali some sort of super awesome down to Earth girl. A lot of the magic and mysticism felt in the movie are missing in this version though and it's one of the rare instances in which the book is artistically lesser than the film version.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Partridge Public

    Hiller, BB PB

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barry

    Well, it was good back then.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ayesha Nathani

    Superb!!!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Paddy O'callaghan

    nowhere near asd good as the film

  24. 5 out of 5

    alison

    i want the novelization of Part III, but man, who doesn't?! i want the novelization of Part III, but man, who doesn't?!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    Didn't see the film, but the book was decent. Didn't see the film, but the book was decent.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Great book really great

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsey

    Spot on with the movie!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    Both books are the movies word for word. Second movie has always been my favorite so my rating is biased

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jefferson Coombs

    The movie is a classic. I read this novelization as a kid. It is based on the movie and follows it pretty closely. I really liked it as a kid.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Kelleher

    my favorite movie, my most unfavoritest book. I remember being so disappointed.

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