Michelle Obama: Becoming Book Review

The Front Cover of Michelle Obama’s autobiography, Becoming.
(Crown, 2018.)

Michelle Obama has done it again: She has single-handedly changed my life. Once. A. Gain.

Like most of us, I was first introduced to Miss Ma’am Michelle in 2009, at the inauguration of her husband, our Forever 44th President. Our paths first crossed early in the Obama presidency, after she had taken on the task of improving kids’ nutrition.

I walked into my middle school and the vending machines were filled with sun chips instead of Sprite and actual raisins instead of grape-flavored Fanta. I was angry.

But that didn’t last long, and I eventually grew fond of the ever-gracious Michelle. I even used her as a reference in a pageant I took part in. When they asked, “Who is your inspiration?” my answer was sweet and to the point: “Michelle Obama, Oprah, and Wendy Williams.”

I won that pageant in some measure, I’m sure, because of Michelle Obama, and I will forever be grateful. All this is by way of explaining why I was so excited to read Becoming, her best-selling memoir.

I can’t begin to tell the amount of inspiration and motivation I gained from this book.

Michelle spares no detail about her beginnings as she recounts her cramped living space in Chicago with her mother, father, and brother. The writing is vivid; the reader gets the message.

In reading about the White House phase of her story, I learned so much behind the scenes information about her life as First Lady.

How she overcame the problems that come with having important responsibilities were really lessons I can apply to my own life. One of those lessons is that your past does not decide the outcome of your life.

Michelle came from an actual “ghetto” but then went on to become a respected lawyer and eventually the First Lady of the Land.

Michele quotes clichés we have all heard before but then adds context. For example, she says “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and then illustrates it from her own life: Initially Barack’s smoking habit was a turn-off, but what if she had let that small detail about Barack stop her from pursuing him? She wouldn’t have found the love of her life.

In the spirit of Women’s History Month, it is only fair I state my opinion, which must be obvious by now: Michelle is Wonder Woman personified. 

She proves a woman can support a family and manage a demanding career. At the time daughters, Malia and Sasha were born, Michelle had a very stressful job and her husband had recently entered politics.

Obama spoke about the days she felt isolated as a mother, a wife, and a businesswoman.

Michelle is a role model if I’ve ever seen one, and a true-blue inspiration. If I ever get to really meet her, I have a speech all ready: “Hey, Queen! Girl, you have done it again. Constantly raising the bar for us all and doing it flawlessly. Can’t say I’m surprised, ‘cause I know who you are. I’ve seen it up close and personal. Girl, you make me so proud, and I love you.” 

If you’re interested in reading this book, you can order the E-book on Amazon, or listen to it through Audible.com. If you prefer to have a physical copy, you can order it here.

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