Book Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama


The book summarizes Michelle Obama’s life, from her childhood in Chicago South Side through her journey to the White House.  It is narrated by her, and making emphasizes her perspective, feelings, lessons learned, and opinions. It is an autobiography and as such we are witnessing her life as she narrates it to us.

Her extraordinary journey is told with a modest voice that is full of hope and optimism.  Her faith and commitment to her self-worth, on the belief that opportunities are not there waiting for you, but are there once you embark on the journey to find them.  A truly inspiring book.

My Personal Opinion:

I truly enjoyed this book. As a wife and mother, and working a full-time job as an engineer, her journey was inspiring because it was real.  From becoming an expert multi-tasker to the realization that multitasking doesn’t really work. The ups and downs of making tough decisions that affect your family and the fierce need to protect those around you always with immeasurable love.  Love for the family and love for this country.

I do recommend this book, especially for younger generations, due to the constant inspiring words that are mentioned throughout the book. Chapter after chapter, hope, self-reliance, self-worth, kindness, compassion, and love are constant as much as patriotism, inclusion, and equality.

Favorite quote

“Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result. It’s vulnerability that breeds with self-doubt and then is escalated, often deliberately, by fear.”

Becoming by Michelle Obama

“The answer, I’m guessing, is probably the best and most sustaining answer to nearly every question arising inside a marriage, no matter who you are or what the issue is: You find ways to adapt. If you’re in it forever, there’s really no choice.”

When talking about marriage Becoming by Michelle Obama

There are so many other quotes, really my book at the end looked as I was studying for a test, with yellow and orange highlighters all over the book.  It was a constant eye-opening and nodding when reading the book.

The Highlights of the Book

In my opinion, the best part of the books is as she goes in detail with her upbringing.  The honest struggles of her family which were highlighted with deep and profound love, and self-confidence.  The personal commitment to reach higher education. Her perseverance to balance family, her job, and politics.  Her faith in her marriage and her belief that love is ever-transforming and the belief in the ability to adapt to those transformations.


At times, politics took a bigger role in the narrative, and although I enjoyed the book during these intense political stories, it was a bit dense for me, and at times, disheartening to read about the conflicts in our country which are not aligned with the political agenda. Fewer politics and more Michelle Obama would have been ideal.

Information as found in Amazon:

  • File Size: 113863 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (November 13, 2018)
  • Publication Date: November 13, 2018
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English

4 responses to “Book Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama”

  1. Yes I loved the book for the very reasons you described and then lost interest for the very weaknesses that you described as well. Well put! Still recommend that everyone should read.

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