Author: Michelle Obama
Bookstore: Given to me as a present
Publisher: Crown Publishing
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.
After reading this book, I love Michelle Obama even more! Before reading her book, I didn’t know much about Michelle apart from what I have seen in social media and during her time in the White House. When it came to her childhood and her life before the White House, I didn’t know much. I didn’t even know who her mother was until I saw her picture in the book or that she had a brother, for a while I thought she was an only child. Her book made me love her even more; to see all of her accomplishments and resilience during the campaign and keeping her marriage and family together while Barack was working in the Senate.
As I was reading her book, I felt that Michelle hold back on a couple things, I mean she is the First Lady and has to keep it classy, but I hope that she would have elaborated more in certain events, like Trump’s Inauguration Day and her true feelings of when Barack was away from his family so much. One thing that I was happy with is her initiatives when she became First Lady, the one initiative I keep seeing with her eat healthily and be energy campaign, but I learned about her other campaigns and especially her mentorship program. It was sweet to see that she never forgot about inner-city kids and continued to provide resources and opportunities for children to aspire to their fullest.
Also, the way she showed her love for Barack, was just both heartwarming and #relationshipgoals. I can see the true respect they have for one another, but also how much they truly love one another. I love how Michelle talk about Barack, it was like she was writing a love letter in a way. What I really enjoyed the most is that they were themselves no matter what; First Lady, President, Senate Representative, Director, they stood true to who they were even when they were challenged.
After I finished reading her book, one thought that came to my mind quickly was that I hope that Sasha and Malia at some point write a book about their time in the White House to see it from their own eyes. Michelle made sure that even if they were the First Family, they stood true to themselves. Michelle made sure that Malia and Sasha had their daily chores and live a normal life, just with a trail of the Secret Service. I loved that Michelle kept them humble in many ways and not let certain aspects of their lives get to their heads.
Michelle Obama is both a powerful, intelligent and inspirational woman. I believe that every young adult and women should pick up this book and read. It was truly a great way to get to know who Michelle Obama is.