Selection Day by Aravind Adiga (Mini Review)

Ok, I had this whole messy review written out. And I didn’t like any of it… So, I’m going to make this one simple.

Selection Day: The story of two young men from the slums of Mumbai who are pushed by their father to become cricket stars.


  • In depth look at youth sports (cricket)
  • Relationships: Father and sons. Sibling Rivalry. Mentors/ Sponsors and athletes.
  • A trip to Mumbai.
  • Adiga’s style. Jumpy/ character exploration/ language.
  • Themes of coming of age, emerging sexuality, sports.


  • Adiga’s style can be dividing. If you liked White Tiger, you will be ok with this.
  • Can meander at times, and the ending was a little flat.
  • The language, especially the cricket/ sports idioms can be hard to follow.

I picked this one up for several reasons: I really enjoyed Adiga’s first book, White Tiger. Selection Day is being turned in a Netflix series (I don’t know why that’s a magnet for me…). And it was on sale on Amazon.

Book Trailer for Selection Day

4 thoughts on “Selection Day by Aravind Adiga (Mini Review)

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  1. I am glad you mentioned that “White Tiger” was the name of his first book, because I thought you were referring to the band. And I was confused as all get out how liking an 80’s metal glam band would translate to liking this book’s style 😀

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  2. I’ve seen Whiter Tiger around but never really looked into. As for any mention of Netflix… Me too, sir. Me too.. The mere mention of it gets me excited for whatever show/movie they’re creating. So much great content nowadays!


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