Thursday, January 24, 2019

#Review: Becoming - Michelle Obama


4.5/5 Book Emojis

Format(s) Used-

Publisher - Penguin India
Pages - 448

Publisher - Penguin Random House Audio
Length - 19h 3m

Note: I received a free copy for an honest review from the publisher (Penguin Random House, India).


 "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."

Michelle Obama Happy Dance GIFBecoming by Michelle Obama was an exceptional read and most definitely my favorite book so far, this year. It is Michelle's story of how she became from Michelle Robinson, born and brought up in a working class neighbourhood of Chicago, then a Harvard educated Lawyer and finally the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama Hope GIF by Obama
The book is written in three parts : Becoming Me, Becoming Us and Becoming More and has a preface along with an epilogue; All of which combine to tell her wonderful story of resilience, grace and sheer hardwork. It also talks about her dealing with misogyny,  racism and every type of hate. By the end of the memoir, I was in tears by the powerful words of hope that I heard in her own voice (through the audiobook). 

Michelle Obama GIF by Election 2016
She is unafraid, bold and unapologetic about her views on sensitive topics like race and gender. She also asks us to look beyond these filters and view the world as a whole than a sum of its parts because it is only then, when we learn to accept others as our own. What struck me the most was her opinion on a person like Donald Trump succeeding her husband as the POTUS and also how she confesses that she wasn't sure if the person she was dating could actually make it in politics, let alone be the President of one of the world's largest economies. 

CONCLUSION: I recommend this book to basically everyone who can read and personally feel it is a must-read-in-a-lifetime book.