Becoming by Michelle Obama

Like most Brits I really loved the Obama’s I felt like they were a fresh pair of eyes who truly looked at what was best for the world and didn’t focus on economical growth or popularity. Don’t get me wrong I really don’t understand politics but this is how they came across to me!

When Michelle Obama released her book last year I was definitely curious to read it but it’s been quite a long time since I read an autobiography and it just wasn’t on my priority list. However my mam bought me a hardback copy for Easter and I was eager to crack on with it.

I always find it interesting that with public figures we often forget they had a past; unless it’s particularly dramatic in shaping who they are, and just take them for who they are. I have to admit I was guilty of assuming Michelle Obama came from a well off family which I now understand was more of a sensible family in how they spent their money and in most respects she really did build herself from the ground up.

Key things I loved learning in this book:

1. Michelle was Obama’s mentor in a law firm and that’s how they met.

2. Michelle really didnt want Obama to run for President

3. Queen Elizabeth really is just like everybody’s Grandma we hope her to be

I also absolutely love this quote as I feel like it sums up the whole message of the book:

“I grew up with a disabled dad in a too-small house with not much money in a starting-to-Gail neighbourhood, and I also grew up surrounded by love and music in a diverse city in a country where an education can take you far. I had nothing or I had everything. It depends on which you want to tell it.”

It was a hefty 421 page read but thoroughly interesting. I also feel like I learned a little something about the American political system too.

I’d give it a 3.5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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