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Becoming – Michelle Obama (7/10)

A very enjoyable read I must say. I don’t know why I was expecting it to be a lot more reserved, maybe it’s because I’m so use to political figures having a sort of fake public persona that tries to portray them as perfect upstanding people. Now I’m not saying what’s in the book is wild or suggests that the Obama’s are anything but upstanding, it just came across quite raw and honest which I wasn’t prepared for. Overall I’d recommend this book – it’s easy to read and straight to the point, it did get repetitive in a few spots but I mean, that’s life(!) and considering it’s an autobiography I’m not surprised.

This is a thumbs up from us and a good old 7/10

Michelle Obama

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For those who want to know more: As it’s an autobiography, you kind of already know what to expect in regards to the topic and what it will focus on. Especially when it’s someone as well known as Michelle (yes I’m pretending I’m on a first name basis with the ex FLOTUS :)) and who’s Family’s life has been made so public. A book based on Michelle’s life growing up in Chicago – a smart young black woman working her way through life’s obstacles like many others. It touches on a lot of things such as racism, feminism, the unjustness of how politics works, careers and family life, purely because it has been her reality rather than suggesting she is an expert on any of those things. It’s interesting to see the similarities in regard to what people go through and the thoughts / decisions they are faced with. Our paths are, and can imagine will continue to be, very different if you look at us both on the face of it. But I found myself relating to a lot of what she was saying, the only difference was the person / job / thing that was causing particular moments in her life – if that make sense? Throughout the book, whether intentional or unintentional, Michelle drops little words of wisdom which I came to really appreciate.

“Even when it’s not pretty or perfect, Even when it’s more real than you want it to be. Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

I think the part, or message I guess, that stuck with me was her experiences with working and coming to the realisation that she didn’t actually want to be on the career path she was on, despite being really good at it (which I’m not surprised considering her impressive education or her drive to always perform well). I think most people get to a point in their life when they realise their job or path they are on does nothing to fulfil them, their desires or what they really want in life. Many of us just do a job because we can and because it pays. It did give me a bit more of a push to thinking about my own path and how it’s really not where I want to be, and how it’s never too late to go down the path you really want to be on. That last sentence in particular was made apparent in this book, it really is never too late to start (or get back to) something, anything, you want to do in life. This weird belief and pressure on people to have their life all sorted out in their 20s is just… nonsense. Went off on a little tangent there, probably a good place to wrap it up! As mentioned above I’d definitely recommend this – it’s not the most revolutionary or ‘can’t put down’ type book out there, but it’s definitely one you should have on your reading list. If this review hasn’t convinced you, you’re not a fan of reading or you just have to many books to read at the moment, you could always watch her documentary on Netflix, I’ve heard some good things :).

Let me know how you go on – what would you rate becoming?

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