Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama
“Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”
Author: Michelle Obama
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Politics
There are books set to entertain, some set to inform, Michelle Obama's book is set to inspire. It is a book that educates you, yes, but in reality does so much more than that. Becoming will Open You Eyes.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama uses her platform to share her story as the first Black First Lady, as one of the few Black Woman students in Princeton and about her life growing up in the Southside of Chicago. She tells all the good and the bad about her time as a woman in power and discusses the hardships about social media as well as dealing with her race in a predominantly white and usually racists environment.
Michelle Obama inspired me to learn more, I've always loved learning and educating myself through my school work. However, after graduating college I've acknowledged that Ive failed to continue finding ways to educate myself. I never read memoirs as my books act as a way of escapism. However, after reading Obama's work I realize the importance of staying informed about the world, the injustices and allowing myself to know in order to help make a change whenever one is needed.
From her romantic life and outings with Barack Obama, to raising her kids in the White House, Michelle tells the story of her life. Of all the things she wanted to do and couldn't, and all the goals she was able to complete on her own. The book really does an amazing job in painting the real picture of the pristine, glowing image we tend to have of people in their position. We see them as porcelain dolls and many times forget the realness of their life. Through Michelle's eyes we are able to relate to her as a woman, as a person.
“At fifty-four, I am still in progress, and I hope that I always will be.”
Becoming is definitely a must read, for girls, for boys, for men and women of all races and ideologies. It speaks about politics, however it resonates more with potential and education. It allows you to understand that dreaming high is okay and that education is the most powerful tool one can have. The books humanizes the people we tend to see on the news everyday and allows us as readers to understand the hardships and yet the reality of life.
-- 5 stars --