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Saturday, October 12, 2019

My Rating - 5 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Viking
Genre - Memoir
Publishing year - 2018
Language - English 
ISBN - 978-0-241-33414-0
Pages - 426


My Review - 

Becoming a memoir written by the former first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, is intimidating and inspiring at the same time. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, she started her career as an attorney at the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she met Barack Obama. 

The memoir is divided into three parts: Becoming Me, Becoming Us, and Becoming More. Born and brought up in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, Michelle's parents never sugarcoated harder truths about life. They were the reason she becomes so determined and strong. The first part is dedicated to her childhood memories, Princeton's journey, and the starting of a lifelong love story. 

Politics and ambitions grew day by day. It affects the life of the whole Obama family. When Barack Obama decides to run for the presidency, Michelle didn't like the idea because she thought it will tear their family apart. But the way they handle every possible setback and secure time for family is commendable. 

Michelle Obama is an inspiration for everyone. I admire the work she did for women and children. Being black, she and Barack Obama never thought they would live in the White House one day. While working as a Senator, Barack has faced difficulty not only in his political career but also in the family. But they overcome all the time and never lose hope. The author covered all the necessary details of her life, which left me thinking of how wonderful she is. She played the role of daughter, mother, sister, wife, friend and serve the country as a promising lady. 

She lost loved ones. She felt fear for her girls, Sasha and Malia. Long trips, sleepless nights, and following protocols exhaust her, but she could not express it. The Obama family did their best to serve the country, but they face a lot of resistance regarding gun or healthy food laws. Michelle is an ambitious woman and says precisely what she feels. Her views on Donald Trump were loud and clear. Sometimes she felt bad for her daughters because of people's stares and asking for them selfies. They tried their best to make Sasha and Malia have a normal childhood where they could make mistakes. 

Something was changing, so gradually that at first, it was hard to register. I sometimes felt as if I were floating through a strange universe, waving at strangers who acted as if they knew me, boarding planes that lifted me out of my normal world. I was becoming known.

Staff members make their life smooth, but they all have their tough moments. Michelle's mother lives with them, so they focus on work. Every person's sacrifices matter to Michelle. It keeps her prostrated. I embrace the way; she described every detail and engaged the readers. She and Barack have a motto - When they go low, we go high. I heard this in a speech of her, and since then, it becomes my motto too. I have no words to express how much I love the Obama's, especially Michelle. Being a great-great-great-granddaughter of a slave, she is one of the most inspiring figures in the world today. 

This book is close to my heart, and I am exhilarated that she decides to share her experiences. If you love autobiographies, then just read this one. The book is illustrated by beautiful pictures of her family. It may take time to finish it, but it'll become one of your favorite read for sure once you do. This is the story of an ordinary person, found herself on an extraordinary journey.

For me, becoming isn't about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn't end.

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