Becoming by Michelle Obama Book Review

Synopsis from

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

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 Whi …more

My thoughts

Becoming is a call to action. Action in our community, in our families, and our own personal life. I think Michelle did a good job of depicting her upbringing and all that it entailed. I loved the details about her family and friends and neighborhood. One thing that stuck out for me concerning her childhood was when she was in the 4th grade her and her classmates weren’t being thought anything. So her mom showed up at her school to complain which resulted in her and 3 other classmates being moved to an advanced classroom. I just wonder how many classrooms in America are like this. By her own words, she wasn’t anything special but she had determination and discipline and most importantly and advocate in her mother. Later on in her life as she described her accomplishments, my mind went back to those kids who were left in those classrooms where they weren’t being thought anything.

Michelle discipline and pursuit of excellence really inspired me. I think the message in that was we as a people can’t just sit around and let life happen to us we have to get involved and hang with life as well. It’s not enough that we’re good, it will never be enough until we are all thriving.

Their time at the White House was quite fascinating. Michelle wrote in such details I could almost picture it. I’ve never looked up pictures of the White House or been there so I let my imagination run. It was painful to me that the Obama’s didn’t take the funds designated for decorating during their white House stay. It’s just the reality of many black people in higher position, we feel the need to do everything by ourselves because we don’t want anyone talking the credit for our hard-work.

Actually, let me back track a little. Listen, when she described election day and the win during their first term. This girl cried her eyes out. I remember crying that night but the description of the quiet street of Chicago that night because everyone was gathered at the stadium just waiting to celebrate with them did something in me. I was just imagining all the elderly black Americans who suffered under the hands of white Americans who probably thought a day like this, a day where a black family would govern the country would never come. That’s really a cause for tears of joy.

I loved the little antidotes about Sasha and Malia and all the security services. About them trying to live a normal life but not really. Honestly, at times I felt like she spoke about that too much. How she wanted to be normal but it was so hard. I hoped she would have accepted that she wasn’t normal.

I could go on and on but there is just so much to say.

I’ll rate it 5/5

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