I think we can all agree that Michelle Obama is literally a phenomenon. Like a literal queen. Which is why when she announced that she was releasing a book, I religiously watched my phone waiting for the day it’d go online. Becoming is a memoir in which she highlights all the stages of her life leading up to where she is now. And honestly? She’s even more amazing than I previously thought.
But before I get into my thoughts about the book, I want to officially welcome you to the Books Galore column of my blog.
I wanted to create this section because I’ve been obsessed with reading since the fourth grade. So why not share the books I read with my audience?
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Now, let’s dive into the fascinating and inspiring world of the one and only, Michelle Obama.
About The Author
I absolutely love Michelle Obama, just like millions of other people around the world. But, if you have no idea who she is, allow me to enlighten you.
Michelle Obama is the 44th First Lady of the United States. But prior to that, she was a lawyer, the founder of Public Allies, assistant to the Mayor of Chicago, and the associate dean of the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is a wife, mother, 2 time Ivy League alum, and now, a world-renowned author.
Through her various titles, she has inspired and empowered millions of people from young girls to retired senior citizens. Impressed yet?
About The Book
Becoming starts off in March of 2017 in which Michele Obama recounts her various roles in the world. Theres three sections of the book, ‘Becoming Me’ ‘Becoming us’ and ‘Becoming More’. The book has a preface, 24 chapters, and an epilogue.
In the section ‘Becoming Me,’ Michelle Obama walks you through her childhood from the early age of 4 up until adulthood. She recounts her various adventures in the Southside of Chicago where she learned to play piano and attended schools for high performing students. She also takes you through her life at Princeton, Harvard, and the early stages of the fascinating love story between her and Barack Obama.
In the section ‘Becoming Us,’ she discusses how the Obamas came to be. Her struggles with figuring out what she wanted to do with her life after always having a plan. Being unable to sire a child because of infertility. The high demands of political life on a family. And their journey towards the presidency. She speaks about the constant separation that came with campaigning, the feelings that arose in her when she connected with people from different places, and the complete 360 that her life made once her husband became famous.
In the section, ‘Becoming More,’ she highlights the transition from a small family in Chicago to the First Family of the United States. She puts an emphasis on their struggle to protect a country while also ensuring that their kids have a normal life. From the crazy schedules to teaching their daughters to be fearless strong women, Michelle Obama demonstrates what it means to hustle and have a voice.
I first learned about this book when I was scrolling through social media. Without even knowing what it was about, I knew that I had to have it. Like… hello? Michelle Obama? Yes, Please!
That being said, my expectations for this book were extremely high. I already knew many things about her, specifically because I like reading about her story, but I wanted to know more. Yes she is a lawyer but what about that did she like? How did being a lawyer affect her? Did she always want to go to an Ivy League? Did she always care about the environment and young girls across the world? What made her who she is today?
These are the questions I expected to find an answer to. But, I also expected to feel as though I was right alongside her. Anyone can write a book. But not everyone can make you feel something. I expected Mrs. Obama to do that. I expected her to make me feel the happiness, the sadness, the anger, all of it. But did that actually happen?
Thoughts After Reading
From the second I cracked the spine of Becoming I was obsessed. I learned everything I wanted to learn and then some. I don’t want to spoil too much because I want you guys to read it, but boy is she strong.
Becoming is honestly one of my favorite books at the moment. It’s witty, enthralling, and inspiring. Each page I read, each chapter I got through, each section I finished was completely and utterly raw.
She dives into her childhood upbringing, her life in the Southside of Chicago and how she made it to an Ivy League despite the odds. She also takes us through her journey of becoming Mrs. Obama and the struggles she went through to figure out if her career path was right for her.
Reading this book made me realize just how human she actually is. When you grow up seeing someone of high profile, such as the Obamas, you kind of forget that they’re actually people too. You forget that they also struggle, that they have their good days and their bad, and most importantly, you forget that they have feelings too.
I never knew how she felt about politics or how she likes cheddar cheese (just like me). I didn’t know that before she was Michelle Obama, she struggled to spell the word ‘white’ in Kindergarten.
This book inspired me in so many ways without me even realizing it.
All of a sudden I wanted more in life. I realized that despite everything going on, I can still get things done and I can feel fulfilled doing exactly what I love. This book taught me to dream bigger than I’m already dreaming, never settle for less, and to not care what others think I’m capable of.
But this book was more than a memoir about a strong independent woman. It was a reminder to keep pushing, keep growing and keep dreaming.
I highly recommend this book to everyone. If you’ve ever felt that you can’t balance it all or do it all then you need this book in your life. It was fascinating to see how Michelle Obama balanced being a mother, a wife, a working woman, and endlessly campaigning with her husband. I can’t wait to read this book again in the future and see all the little things I missed the first time I read it. Make sure to grab a copy of the book here.
Until next time,
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