Book Review: Waxing on: The Karate Kid and Me by Ralph Macchio


Title: Waxing on: The Karate Kid and Me

By: Ralph Macchio

Genre: Memoir

Pages: 256

Release Date: October 18th, 2022

Publisher: Dutton

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Since The Karate Kid first crane-kicked its way into the pop culture stratosphere in June 1984, there hasn't been a week Ralph Macchio hasn't heard friendly shouts of "Wax on, wax off" or "Sweep the leg!" Now, with Macchio reprising his role as Daniel LaRusso in the #1 ranked Netflix show Cobra Kai, he is finally ready to look back at this classic movie and give the fans something they've long craved.

The book will be Ralph Macchio's celebratory reflection on the legacy of The Karate Kid in film, pop culture, and his own life. It will be a comprehensive look at a film that shaped him as much as it influenced the world. Macchio will share an insider's perspective of the untold story behind his starring role--the innocence of the early days, the audition process, and the filmmaking experience--as well as take readers through the birth of some of the film's most iconic moments.

Ultimately, the book centers on the film itself, focusing on the reason that the characters and themes have endured in such a powerful way and how these personal experiences have impacted Macchio's life. It will bring readers back to the day they met Daniel LaRusso and Mr. Miyagi for the first time, but will also provide a fascinating lens into how our pasts shape all of us and how the past can come back to enrich one's life in surprising and wonderful ways.


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I'm a child of the 80's and 90's, so its safe to say I've watched the Karate Kid a million times. Ralph Macchio was a staple of my childhood and I was excited to find this book.

This book was heart warming and wonderful to read. Macchio really poured his life out inside the pages and gave us a good look at what his life was during his fame at a young age. I loved to hear his stories about Pat Morita and his life around the movie.

I read this book in one afternoon. A great read that was hard to put down. A definite must.

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