I liked the book, but I didn't love it. To really like a book, I need some more interesting writing or surprises that keep me riveted. To love a book, it has to change me as a person or change my way of thinking. Becoming is well-written, but not written like literature, and I enjoyed reading it, but it didn't change my life.
My book club will all disagree with me, much more likely to give the book five stars than four or three and the number of books sold suggest this is far more popular than I would have guessed. But is it popular because Michelle Obama is popular or will it stand the test of time? (Posted on 10/21/2019)
I'm a fan of the Obamas. However, this book has more information about entirely trivial issues than I wanted. For example: shopping for a hat for Sasha to wear, having to go to multiple stores, finally found a pink knitted hat that was too big but had to do. While there's plenty of detail that adds to her story, there are a lot of things like this that didn't. I think this is an editorial problem rather than an author problem. But by the time we got to the era of Obama's presidency, I was worn down. I couldn't finish it. Maybe it's just that the part of the book that focused on Michelle as her own person was more interesting than the part detailing how she became swallowed by her husband's career. I skipped to the end to read how she's now in a position to define her own life again. So maybe I will enjoy the sequel more.
I would never have chosen this book on my own but it was a book our book group picked. I thought it was overly long and packed with a lot of details I thought were unnecessary. I am not very interested in this woman. I thought the book underscored her perhaps misplaced pride, albeit conceit, in herself. I will never forget how she stood, wearing no flag pin, chest out, and declared, “This is the first day I have ever been proud to be an American.” Unsaid: My husband is President, I am First Lady. All of us, my entire family, will go down in history! Yea! I have been told that her speech did not contain those words, and I have listened to the speech and that is correct. However, those are the words I heard, that is what I took away from it, and therefore that is what I believe. I would recommend this book to the Obama ilk.
I thought this book was an insightful journey through Michelle Obama’s life. I really enjoyed learning about how accomplished and impressive she is. However, there were times in the book where I felt she was complaining non-stop, and it is difficult to listen to a person complain about how hard her life is when she is more wealthy, powerful, and successful than 99.999999999999 percent of the population. Other than that though this was a fantastic book.
1. One can safely skip chapters 1-14. Michelle Obama has a childhood, just a normal childhood, although she is trying hard to find any traumatic experience of how she was disadvantaged based on her skin color. Spoiler alert: couldn’t find any in the book.
2. Be prepared to hear that every person appearing in the book is first sorted into a „white” or „black” box. Even if it is somebody’s secretary and is mentioned just briefly.
Chapters 15-24 are okay. It was interesting to hear how the family balanced their daily life with safety requirements.
However, that was a part of the story she felt was important to her and she felt she had to tell it. For that reason I wont fault her for it, but it made me personally not love the book. I loved the beginning where I felt she was a relatable person with a real story to tell. That, in my opinion, is the heart of the book.
Becoming Flotus would've been a better title. The book explains political decisions and gives only a glimpse into the actual person. Must have a political agenda. I enjoyed learning a little Chicago history since I've only been a resident for 3 years.
Outstanding biography, one I highly recommend. The only issue I have is the last few hours is so focused on politics.... and if you don’t agree with her husband, she doesn’t understand you. She seems like a great lady/wife/mother, and I appreciate what she has done.