This review is BEYOND over-due so we are going to skip the usual preamble and get right into it ok?
I bought this book on the day it was published, I actually lined up in Waterstones and bought it in person.
It took until I went on holiday for me to actually crack it open and get into it. Hard-back’s intimidate me, it’s that simple. But I got over my fear and got through what ended up being a LOVELY read.
This is my first attempt at reading a memoir and the Robbie Williams and Jordan’s put me off a little bit but this isn’t a book simply “written by” a celebrity in the hopes that it generates cash from fans. No. This is a story. A true story. An amazing story about one of the most inspiring women.
We get an honest look into Mrs Obama’s early life and discover who she is beyond just being Barack’s wife and the former first lady who serves us LEWKS HUNNY.
You know by now that I am not from America so for me reading this book had nothing to do with my political opinion but even if you’re not for the Barack Administration and you’re ride-or-die for Trump (just leave now please) this isn’t a political book. Of-course it would be impossible to read about Michelle Obama’s life with dipping a little toe in, I mean she was (and will for a lot of us WILL BE FOREVER-MORE) FLOTUS
I am not usually someone who is moved by happy stories, sad ones? I am crying all the way to the shop because I ran out of loo-roll wiping my tears, but happy? Small small goose bump and a smile is the most you will usually get out of me. However for some reason this book struck a little chord, could it be because Michelle is just awesome? Maybe but I suspect it has something to do with how real it reads.
This book really is about a woman’s life; growing up poor in Chicago, getting married and the work that goes into keeping that, being thrown into a position that no-one can truly prepare for. Being the first lady aside it is surprisingly relatable.
Don’t get me wrong I know that everything in this book has been edited with a fine-tooth comb. There is no whiff nor hint of scandal but it really does seem genuine.
The book is divided into sections and my personal favourite section is Becoming Us. This is where she speaks about Barak; them meeting and how their relationship has evolved.
There isn’t the bed of roses that I expected when she speaks about living in the white house, of course she knows it is a privilege and an honour but when she speaks about raising a family there, being a mum in the public eye and how bad she felt putting the secret service out so that she and Barack could have a date night? I cant help but believe her.
I would describe Becoming as fast paced and touching and I couldn’t recommend a book more. But I would also describe it as painful because Michelle and Barack will never grace the Whitehouse again and that’s a shame
My favourite quote? Easy:
“I was humbled and excited to be First Lady, but not for one second did I think I’d be sliding into some glamorous, easy role. Nobody who has the words ‘first’ and ‘black’ attached to them ever would. I stood at the foot of the mountain, knowing I’d need to climb my way into favor.”