Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama // An Inspirational Memoir

Becoming by Michelle Obama
Published: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Crown
Page Count: 480
Genre: Nonfiction | Memoir

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 White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare…

review titles (8)It’s no secret that I adore Michelle Obama. She’s an incredible woman and as soon as she announced her memoir, I added it to my Goodreads TBR. Memoirs are typically hard for me to review and rate because there’s no plot, pacing or characters to consider. Because of that this review will be brief and focus on aspects I liked and didn’t like.

What I really loved about Becoming was how personal and intimate it was.  This book was deeply personal and Michelle Obama vulnerably shared details about her childhood, college, marriage, motherhood, and life in the White House. I devoured this in a matter of days because I was hooked. Certain chapters made me stop and reflect on the 2008 election and a plethora of topics. I teared up when she mentioned a few victims of police brutality and talked about the Charleston church shooting. I reflected on my own past childhood experiences when she mentioned that kids in her neighborhood told her “talked white.” I loved that she talked about changing careers and couldn’t help but think about the sacrifices women often make.

I loved reading Obama’s perspective on her husband’s political career. She was surprisingly honest about her feelings. However, a few chapters in part two felt like a history textbook because of the heavy campaign and election content. It didn’t add anything new or fresh to what readers may already know about her husband’s campaign. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s the only book I read in November because I’m anxiously waiting for Queen of Air and Darkness and haven’t been in the mood for other books. I was so fascinated with Michelle’s story and couldn’t wait for more. I loved every moment and felt inspired by the time I finished. I only wish that I had a chance to see her on her book tour. 

If you’re in the mood for… an inspirational read about overcoming adversity, finding your voice, and just want to read the point-of-view of the first African American FLOTUS, you’ll enjoy this.

Have you read Becoming? What did you think of it?
Thanks for reading!

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