Becoming by Michelle Obama

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“Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.” – Michelle Obama

I heard so much about Michelle Obama and her book, that I had to read it. So excited I was to read about the life in the White House, and how they even managed to get there in the first place.

Synopsis: In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. 

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

What I noticed throughout reading this book is how intelligent Michelle Obama is. She has achieved so much in her life, on a career level as much as a personal level. This book truly shows how she manages to fight through a barrier, studying at a ‘white’ university and being part of the first black couple to settle in the White House. Also she is not afraid to shy away from her thoughts, which makes the book genuine.

I loved how Michelle Obama wrote around the politics. Politics is a reason why her life changed in a lot of ways, though she manages not to focus fully on that. She also makes clear that she isn’t a fan of politics. I appreciate that she shows her life in a different perspective, out of the view from her husband’s work.

My favorite part of the book was when they started living in the White House. There’s that certain enjoyment about reading/watching how other people live, especially when their life is so different from yours and out of reach. I loved reading the fun stories about how everyone managed to have a life while being surrounded by security all the time. Also the fact that the family stayed humble, Michelle and Barack making sure that their daughters wouldn’t get too spoiled and letting them make their own bed.

There is one little bit of the book that I loved most, which were the moments where they met Queen Elizabeth. It showed how lovely the Queen is and how much of a show they have to put up for the outside world. Also had to laugh at the humour of Queen Elizabeth.

It was fascinating to read about the life of Michelle Obama. To read about all the great things that happened, but also about the sad events which showed that no one’s life is perfect. Her story makes me look at her in a different way, knowing more about her life and not just seeing her as the First Lady (FLOTUS).

I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

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