Thursday, July 28, 2022

The Curveball by Colby Sharma - BookReview

Name Of The Book: The Curveball

Name Of The Author: Colby Sharma

Genre: Fiction


Colby Sharma LLB., is a law graduate from the University of Liverpool, an entrepreneur and an international traveller dedicated to making the world a brighter place. This is his first novel.


The Curveball by Colby Sharma is a thorough and thought-provoking page-turner. This book takes a seeker on a journey of self-discovery, not only by providing helpful strategies that encourages curiosity and introspection, but by also taking reader's hand and walking step by step through the journey of the main character. It is an extremely engaging book which gives reader a hope that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. The narrative brings out an interesting parallel between a game of baseball and the adversity one faces in their lives. Adversity is part of life that can make or break you, the choice is yours. The protagonist faces many adversities but instead of succumbing to that he has discovered his true self. It is a motivational read which guides you towards the solution that inspires you to take up challenges in life. The book talks about many life lessons that people have forgotten and need to be reminded. 

Author also manifests the importance of having a coach (in this book it's Spooky) in life who neither teaches you nor helps you but reminds you of an ability you already possess that can make your life worth living for. One of the best lesson he describes from game of baseball that is my personal favorite is- 

"Baseball is life. Its full of curveballs. Full of challenges. Every pitch is adversity. Everyone is threat. An obstacle. But look all of these adversities an an opportunity".


  • Take one step at a time. Small steps help you get started and leads to tremendous ripple effect. They help us create valuable habits, which help us achieve big goals at the same time are attainable and specifically designed to not feel overwhelming.
  • Ego is our biggest enemy. It prevents us from learning and developing. It always makes you over-estimate your own abilities and worth, and under-estimate the effort and skill required to achieve your goal. It will keep you out of touch with reality. "Ego can be great when things are going well, but it's a disaster when adversity comes along:- Colby    
  • Stop trying to be perfect. Greatness is not about being perfect, but making mistakes and learning from them. When we try to make things perfect we bind our creativity.
  • Without grit, talent may be nothing more than an unmet potential. Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term and meaningful goals. 
  • Be patient and always wait for the right moment. There is a saying "Good things comes to those who waits". Patience allows you to take better decisions and leading to greater success.
  • Do not forget your basics. When things are hard, it's the simple things you forget. They are the foundation from which all amazing feats are derived.
  • You have to choose your response when things are tough. "Every choice you make eliminates its opposite - Colby. Take emotions as an example, you cannot hold two opposite emotions at the same time. You cannot be happy and angry at the same time.
  • According to Colby, Adversity is a team sport. Even when you are alone you draw on the strength of others in time of difficulties. Working in a team not just enable you to share ideas and responsibilities but reduces stress and makes you a happier person.
  • Identify what you are good at, and this can be done if you are self-aware. You know your rituals or routine, a set of habits that you repeat when you do what you are best at.


  • One base at a time
  • Choose your pitch
  • Remember your rituals
  • Adversity is a team Sport

"You Don't succeed in spite of adversity. You succeed because of it"


I always admire people who can bring out life lesson from any sport. Playing sports is fun. But the best part is, rule of game teaches invaluable life lessons that will apply to just about anything you pursue for the rest of your life. I always believed in accountable partner or an importance of having a coach in life. They guide you when things go out of control and show you the path that leads to success. Author has portrayed similar things in this book too. Bryce the protagonist when gets lost and loses hope, Spooky the coach helped him find the real purpose of his life.

If you are looking for some solid life lessons and want some stability in your life. You must read this book.


Book Format: Paperback / Kindle Edition

Price: 235 INR / 107.91

Pages: 196

Publisher: Jaico Publishing House

Availability: Amazon

This post is part of the Blogchatter's #Book Review Program #TBRChallenge #BookChatter


  1. Loved the review. These are simple yet practical and powerful lessons. I think I will recommend this book to my daughter.

  2. This line that..... this book takes a seeker on a journey of self-discovery, not only by providing helpful strategies that encourage curiosity and introspection, made me think about buying this book. I like what I've read so far. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Patience is a key to happy life and this book seems perfect choice to read and learn more. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Self improvement books are always on our TBR and with your detailed and positive review I am surely going to add the book in my list.

  5. I really liked the review. Life and sports have much in common and to be a great sportsman, you need to be a good human being as well. I used to play baseball in school and choose your pitch and one base at a time were the ground rules.

  6. The Curveball looks like an inspiring read. Identify what you are good at.... this is so important. Everyone is good at something or the other. But most of us do not have the confidence in our abilities. Knowing what we are good at can drive so many things in our life, from your career to our interests and hobbies.

  7. What an impressive review here Swati, feel like picking this book instantly, teaches us so much, will love to read it

  8. Sports metaphors are a great way to make us understand important life lessons. One can easily connect with the approach needed to ace anything. This book sounds great and not preachy or boring like many other self-help books. Good review!

  9. This book seems so motivating with great tips to be followed. Thanks for sharing the review with us Swati!!

  10. I've been wanting to read this ever since it released and I'm glad that i came across your review Swati. Looks like this is something that I would love reading

  11. The book review is quite insightful, especially as it touches on the facts that Ego is our biggest enemy and don't try to be perfect. I am moved by these thoughts

  12. I am not much into this genre but love the way you have summarized the life lessons from the book. Author is so right, without grit, talent may be an empty boast. Would like to get this for my kid to read and learn.

  13. This books seems to be a great read for those seeking motivation to move ahead in life. I feel such books act as a reminder to overcome shortfalls like spooky advises are netiher to say do this or do that but a reminder.

  14. love the way you have summed up your review. will surely read this though im not a fan of sports or self-help books. hehehe.

  15. I loved how you have summed up the lessons to learn from the book. The book is the need of the our for all of us. In the fast life we often forget to live our lives

  16. I loved all the life lessons this book taught us. yes, life shows at various challenges time to time but it is all up to us how we deal with them. would love to read this book. thanks dear for sharing your honest review.

  17. I've been hearing great reviews about the book ever since it released. I love self help books and this one on self discovery definitely seems to be an interesting one

  18. Would like to read this motivational book . And thanks for summarising the life lessons from the books; learnt a thing and two.

  19. Your review is nice and detailed and brings out the nuances of the book. I am not sure if I will read this book. However, I will recommend it to those who like reading such books.

  20. This is a very well written review. The book seems to have many lessons for us. Ego, I feel, is the biggest drawback. These days self-help books have become the Bible...we all need them. Will check out the Curveball

  21. That looks like a great self help book with the kind of life lessons it gives. I am not a big fan of such books, but reading this short and crisp review make it totally worth it.

  22. I really loved the idea of having a coach by your side, whether its a book or a person...having someone or something by your side motivates to achieve success. I am happy with the thought of the author.

  23. Will surely be checking about this book it seems to be lovely ..i Amy add it to my readlist. You have given a fabulous review which makes reader like me to check about this book