book reviews

Book Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Read: May 2021

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5 Stars)

I must say, I really enjoyed this book. Michelle Obama is truly an inspiration. I feel that anybody can read this book and take something from it.

This book is by no means a political book, it does, however, bring in some aspects of it..because, I mean she was the First Lady and her husband was POTUS. I’ve read so many reviews dismissing this book due to their political beliefs or saying she made it all about race. However, this book was the complete opposite.

This book is simply about Michelle Obama’s life. She takes us through all of her memories from when she was just child to the last days of living in the White House. She’s talks about her life living in Chicago, College, her marriage (the struggles, how they met), being a mom, and being a woman who’s husband is the President of the United States and how she overcame that struggle.

Many people said she came off as complaining about her “privilege”. That could be further from the truth. Michelle is a woman who never imagined a life of politics, however, she married someone who did. Michelle Obama is human, no matter what your circumstances are, you are going to have struggles and life wasn’t always rainbows and flowers just because she was the FLOTUS. This book does a good job of explaining her experiences and I truly believe it is genuine. Moving in the White House and having to completely change your life, your routine, constantly having secret service around, having to think about how this may effect your young children, isn’t something that’s easy. Being in the public spotlight and having people constantly waiting for you to say or do something that they can scrutinize can’t be easy for anyone.

When it comes to race, I think people forget that she born during a time when segregation was just ending. Obviously as a child, she may not have known what she was experiencing or witnessing, but when you get older and you reflect, you begin to realize what it truly was. Of course she experienced things when it came to the color of her skin, but she also wrote about how she overcame that. Not only that, but being the first black FLOTUS in the White House who’s husband was the first black POTUS, there will always be people that have something to say about that.

It took me a while to actually open and read this book, but I’m glad I finally did. Like I said earlier, Michelle Obama is truly an inspiration and I would recommend this book to anyone, especially women.



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