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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,719 ratings  ·  124 reviews
It's summer in the small seaport town of Astoria and The Goonies are restless. Big developers threaten to take over the town. Then Mikey finds an old pirate map and the kids take off to find the loot that can save their neighborhood. But they never counted on skeletons with swords, a booby-trapped underground passage and the murderous ex-con, all of whom want the Goonies' ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 31st 2009 by Warner Books (first published January 1st 1985)
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Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am one of these people that watches "The Goonies" two or three times a year, so I'd certainly call myself a fan. However, I actually only found out that there was a novel a few weeks ago, and now I've read it, I feel better mentally.

This was very much a real ride, and for the majority, I found that the book and film were similar, except for a few scenes. The characters are all the same, and my favourite is still Data. He's such a geek!

As I was reading this, the scenes from the film were playi
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

The Goonies is the best film EVER! And I will not listen to anyone that dares tell me differently!

My whole childhood consisted of adventures trying to replicate the film. Abandoned building sites, clay pits, getting inside those giant cable wheel things and rolling each other down hills (don't tell my Mum). Who needed Barbie dolls when there was so much fun around with danger.

But, now I find myself quite ashamed, that at 32 years of age I have never read the book it all came from. I'm ready to
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't love everything about the goonies? This is a great movie novelization of one of the greatest movies on this earth. This book is a lot of fun and adventure, it also has some deleted scenes. A classic for reading and don't we all want to be a kid looking for a pirate treasure? I had a great time reading this, so it gets 5 points!

Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a Goonies fan(atic), when I realized (only recently) that there was a novelized adaptation of what is one of my most beloved films, of course I had to read it. Now--in general, it seems to me that someone who picks up a movie that was made into a book should not do so out of any desire to find something “new” to read, nor expecting high prose and superb character development beyond what existed in the original screenplay, right? At least, that’s my take on it.

So, I started reading. And at
Michael Sorbello
Synopsis: It's summer in the small seaport town of Astoria and The Goonies are restless. Big developers threaten to take over the town. Then Mikey finds an old pirate map and the kids take off to find the loot that can save their neighborhood. But they never counted on skeletons with swords, a booby-trapped underground passage and the murderous ex-con, all of whom want the Goonies' head.

Review: A classic adventure story that makes it hard to not feel nostalgic for the old days; for both reality
Glen Krisch
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lot of fun. One section seemed like it was added to pad the length of the book, but overall, I enjoyed it.
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Speaking as someone who has met the actor who played Chunk (doesn't matter for a book review, but I had to brag), I loved reading this book.

The Goonies remains one of my all-time favorite children adventure stories. Like all novelizations, the book as I remember it offers some additional details and slight variations. Most importantly, you get to spend more time with Sloth and Chunk.

It's light. It's fantasy. And it is fun.
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kenneth Ellmore
April 10, 2013

The Goonies
The goonies are a group of kids who try looking for treasure. There are a group of kids who are best friends there are 4 of them and their names are Mickey, Mouth, Chunk, and Data. They call themselves the goonies. They are hanging out one day in Mickey’s house and then they decide to go upstairs where there dad has all of his belongings, that’s where they stumbled upon a map for One eyed willies treasure. That’s when Mickey was explaining to them about
Jen A.
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
A classic that's just as fun and easy a read as watching the film. This was my first time reading the book; it's been a while since I saw the movie, and I was really surprised at how familiar I was (usually I'm pretty inclined to forget plot points and story lines).

The book is told solely in the voice of Michael, or Mikey, Walsh. I actually really enjoyed the perspective of reading this adventure story from a single storyteller's perspective instead of just watching all of the action.

Reading t
Now before I start I just want to say I love this movie! It is one of my favourites. Unfortunately for me the book did not live up to the film. It was the way it was written in first person from the point of view of Mikey (played by Sean Astin) it meant it did not for me feel like the film! Dialogue was changed things were omitted or added and it just wasn't the same. For me if I buy a movie tie-in I do it because I loved the film so it is disappointing when they change it! ...more
Jul 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: childhood-reads
More childhood memories of books I read. Again, ones based on movies. Question: Why did I read the book and see the movie? Wouldn't one or the other suffice? Go figure. ...more
Aug 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
A very cute, very fun read.
Dec 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, read-2013
I had such a good time reading this book. Its so easy to jump in the history.
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
listened to on youtube narrated by Chunk - Jeff Cohen - Corey Feldman
Ben Haile
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Harry Collier IV
May 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
The Goonies is easily my favorite movie of all time. It never got a sequel which is sad but according to Stephen Spielberg and Richard Donner they just never found a script that wouldn't tarnish the first film. From this it is not a far leap to say that Donner and Spielberg aren't concerned with cashing in the name for a paycheck.
This book however, is just that.

It has differences from the movie because it is based on an early draft - I am fine with that.
It has differences from itself because th
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As far as novelizations go they can be very hit and miss. Some are direct unimaginative rips of the script where others bring far more wonder to the story. James Kahn is one of those authors that never disappoints and enhances the story further. This is a novelization worth reading!
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
The Goonies is my all-time favorite movie, so after discovering that there was a novel version of it, I had to read it. It follows the movie almost exactly, but there are extra scenes and dialogue that wasn't present in the movie. The book is written in first person in Mikey's voice, and the narrative is true to how a young boy might talk if he was telling you his adventure about finding a treasure map, running from escaped fugitives, discovering a long-lost pirate ship, and saving his beloved h ...more
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Goonies happens to be my fav. movie! So when I realized it was a novel as well I had to get it. I enjoyed a more in-depth look into each characters personalities and background. There is also a lot more Mouth/Stef sass and Data's Gadgets moments that I LOVE. There was a wonderful part where The Goonies are on a river and they spend the time bonding and talking about their fears. I thought that was a very touching moment. One thing about this novel that bugged me a lot at first was getting us ...more
Jan 24, 2014 rated it liked it
The novelization is a lost art of the twentieth century. I guess with the advent of home video, there was no need for a book version of a movie that you could pick up and watch at home on television. When I was a kid, I'd devour adaptations of movies I liked, but they seem to have gone away for better or worse.

I was intrigued to see that Amazon had a Kindle version of this little book, and it is one of the better novelizations I've read. James Kahn solves the POV problem with some ingenuity, and
Damien Morley
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really love this movie, so I wanted to read this book to see how close it was to the movie and it was pretty much spot on. there were a few more scenes that were in the deleted scenes of the movie that I found, but other than that there were pretty much identical. I personally like the movie better because the book described more about different parts in the movie that could have been more simplified. other than that I enjoyed the book. it would be a good book to read if you enjoy mystery's. ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I will never betray my goon dock friends.
We will stick together until the whole world ends. Through heaven and hell, and nuclear war, good pals like us will stick like tar. In the city, or the country, or the forest, or boonies, I am proudly declared one of the Goonies!!!
Very nostalgic. Pretty close to a play by play of the movie.
Charlie Mcallister
Jul 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
i don't know why, but this is one of my favorite books of all time. he wrote it like a teenage boy's diary, and it really outdoes the movie. and i love the movie. when i was a kid, i wanted to be a jedi or a goonie. ...more
Jessica Buraslan
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
This is a pretty good child's book that will enchant grown ups. This book is just like the movie, only adding more details. If you like the movie (which you did, or else what's wrong with you?!), you'll definitely love this. ...more
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: pre-1994
I read this before the movie came out, way back in 1985. I was a hardcore fan of the things I liked even way back when. I remember being bummed that there were scenes from the book cut from the movie, but I remember liking it well enough.
Michael Latiolais
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the things I find interesting about novelizations of movies is that they often include scenes which were cut from the movies. There are several such scenes here, including the giant squid/octopus scene which actually explains why walking the plank was something the kids were scared of.
Aug 22, 2009 added it
Back in the 80's I read many, many movie adaptations. I don't know why. ...more
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Silly, I know. Loved the movie, so I read the book.
May 13, 2011 marked it as to-read
My all time favorite movie is in book form? I must read. Like now.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
My childhood. 'nuff said. ...more
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James Kahn is an ER doctor, novelist, TV writer-producer, and singer-songwriter. In addition to many original novels (including the sci-fi trilogy World Enough and Time, Time’s Dark Laughter, and Timefall) he authored the novelizations of Return of the Jedi, Poltergeist, The Goonies and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

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