When I read a book for the purposes of a review, I sit with a notebook so I can write my favourite lines or chapters. However when it came to reading this best seller( best selling book of 2018, on its way to becoming best selling memoir ever) I was selfish. I took it like it was having chat with a distant aunt who was a living legend I took this memoir as a form of a master class. Which is why I took my sweet time reading it, savouring it and absolutely learning from the Queen that is Michelle Obama.
“Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”
In case you having been living underneath a rock that is under the sea at the bottom of the earth, becoming is the memoir of Michelle Obama. It is described by the author as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother. There is no topic left unwritten and with such candour.
“I was a child of the South Side, now raising daughters who slept in rooms designed by a high end interior decorator and could custom order their breakfast from a cherf”
What I thought
I remember the first thing I fell in love with, was how close knit Michelle’s family was whilst growing up, her parents parenting style. How despite their upbringing with limited money her and her brother Craig worked hard to go to Ivy League schools and excel at their careers. I appreciated her honesty in that you can work so hard to achieve something and realise it’s not your passion and then adjust and find what exactly it is that sets your soul on fire. I relished each chapter and was like take your time aunty. I would close off and breathe between chapters as I applied some of her lessons into my own life.
When the chapter of meeting her forever love came along I was giddy to hear how it all started, how the cool, calm collected and non-timekeeper of a man turned her world upside down. They are a true example of that opposites attract and can complement each other. Also confession time I wasn’t aware that Barack was an author so I will definitely be finding those books as my next reads. I just love their love and the unrelenting support and admiration they have for each other. I really enjoyed going behind the curtain and back in time and seeing the transition of becoming the first family, and her view of the American gaze. There is so much to fall in love with in this memoir and so much honesty from this former First Lady who is still becoming all she wants to be. If you haven’t read the book what are you doing with your life? If you have what have been some of the lessons you learned or the stories that really humanised Aunty Michelle Obama? Be sure to let me know in the comments section I always enjoy hearing from you.