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The Karate Kid

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  173 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 1st 1984 by Scholastic (first published 1984)
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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
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Ibad
Mar 25, 2011 Ibad added it
The Karate Kid adalah remake dari film lawas dengan judul yang sama yang dibuat pada tahun 1984 silam. Dan syukurlah, tidak seperti kebanyakan film remake yang jadinya justru lebih parah, yang satu ini boleh dikata LUAR BIASA!

Dari sisi plot cerita, meski ada sedikit perbedaan latar belakang, namun secara garis besar sama. Cara Mr Han mengajarkan kung fu kepada Dre dengan menggunakan gerakan umum yang bisa dilakukan sehari-hari juga mirip dengan cara Mr. Miyagi 26 tahun lalu. Dan sudah jelas, ada
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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
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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
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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
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Clint
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 ...more
Daniel Daly
I liked it, but it wasn't nearly as great as the movie, one of my most favorite movies.
Val Nwosu
I read this when I was kid. All I remember is him learning to fight from a toy. It was weird.
Sarah Kelleher
my favorite movie, my most unfavoritest book. I remember being so disappointed.
alison
i want the novelization of Part III, but man, who doesn't?!
Sean
Didn't see the film, but the book was decent.
Paddy O'callaghan


nowhere near asd good as the film
Barry
Well, it was good back then.
Lyndsey
Spot on with the movie!
Jack
Great book really great
Partridge Public
Oct 02, 2007 Partridge Public added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: JF Hil
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