Book Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

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I can definitely see a part of myself in Michelle Obama—especially in her early years, when she was Michelle Robinson. The same striving, the same compulsion towards achievement—and the eventual confusion—I felt it all, and I’m still feeling it.

I was still young when she and Barack lived in the White House—too sheltered to understand or even care deeply about what was going on. But I still remember the happiness and excitement I felt when Barack got elected in 2008. I remember when our class, bright-eyed and hopeful, watched their inauguration nearly ten years ago on a small, black TV screen in the corner of our classroom.

Obama is the kind of woman I hope to become—strong, independent, self-fulfilled. She writes beautifully, even poetically. To catch a glimpse into her life—of what made her who she is, was heartening and inspirational.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from her memoir:

This was quite possibly one of the best memoirs I’ve read. She writes as honestly as she could, knowing that her words would be scrutinized; while there were times when I could tell she was refraining from voicing her complete opinion, I still appreciate how she could still convey her voice in a way that seemed genuine and un-politicized.

This memoir is about the journey of owning who you are, wholly and completely—of finding the courage to listen to your inner compass, and then helping bring out the voices in others. It deserved every glowing review, and more.

I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to figure out what it means to live with intention and value. For me, I know her story is one I’ll think about and refer back to for many years to come.

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