Becoming

by Michelle Obama

This book is an autobiography about Michelle Obama, and her life from being an ordinary girl to being the first African American First Lady of the United States of America. Michelle was born on the 17th of January 1964 to a middle class family in Chicago. Her father was a pump operator, and her mother dedicated her life to take care of her and her brother, Craig Robinson. Michelle Obama was a very bright student since she was young. She attended Princeton University, and earned a scholarship at Harvard University in 1988. During her time at University, Michelle found it hard to fit in with everyone else. Her roommates moved rooms because they did not want to share a room with a coloured person. She was either ‘Too Black for the White people’, or too ‘White for the black people’. Barack Obama met Michelle in 1989, and they got married in 1992. They welcomed their first daughter in 1998 (Malia Obama) and their second daughter in 2001. In 2002, she was appointed as the executive director of community affairs at University of Chicago Hospitals. She however quit her job to work in her husband’s presidential campaign. Barack Obama became the president of the United States of America in 2009, and Michelle volunteered in homeless shelters, and soup kitchens.It was very difficult for her and her family to get used to the life in the state house, since they were not wealthy before Barack became president. When his time in office was done and Donald Trump was elected as president, Trump made very hurtful comments about Barack. He even accused him for not being born in the USA, and this put the whole Obama family in danger. After leaving the White House, they settled in a neighbourhood close to the White House, and had everything arranged the way it was in the White House. In my opinion, I would recommend this book because it shows that you do not have to have everything to be someone. You have to come from somewhere. Even though Michelle Obama was discriminated, and abused, she did not let that bring her down. Even though she grew up in a small house, and at times lacked, she did not let that define who was she was.

Angel Mailu

Rating: 5 Recommend

 


 

Before reading this book, I had a vague idea of who Michelle Obama is. I knew her mainly as the former first lady and as an aspirational figure who appealed to a broad range of people. But I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it was about her that made her so aspirational, so appealing and most of all, so unique. Reading this book helped to clarify this. In brief, Becoming is an autobiography by Michelle Obama which is split into 3 chapters with each chapter representing a different part of her life. “Becoming Me” is the first, here we are given insight into who Michelle Robinson was and her upbringing in the south side of Chicago. “Becoming Us”, is the second. Here we are taken into her relationship with Barack Obama before his inauguration. Beyond that, we also get to see how the lessons learned from her upbringing have impacted her life. The last chapter “Becoming More” is the longest. This section occurs post-inauguration where we see Michelle take on the role of the first lady and become the Michelle that we all know. The more I read this book, the more I felt as though Michelle was speaking directly to me. She tackles a broad range of themes from imposter syndrome and feelings of failure, to friendship and grief. By doing so, I began to relate to Michelle. As big a person she is, she is still a person and I feel that this book helped to humanise her. I would definitely recommend this book as there are many lessons to be learned.

Santayian Kantai

Rating: 5 Recommend