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Becoming by Michelle Obama Book Summary

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Becoming (Michelle Obama) Book Reviews

Loved every wordGet the audiobook, hearing her narrate her story makes you feel like you’re right there with her. Simply amazing.Score: 5/5

Great memoireMichelle is a beautiful writer. Tells her personal story so eloquently. Highly recommend..Score: 4/5

BecomingHonest, well written. Ninpea.Score: 5/5

Amazing heartwarmingMichelle Obama take you on a magical journey of her life and that stereotypes do not Need to tear you down And that you can do anything that you try and push through..Score: 5/5

我超爱这本书米歇尔夫人给了我太多的力量与感动了!Every girl can become what the want be but not they’re required to be!.Score: 5/5

Best boomI loved this book so much !.Score: 5/5

You GO girl!Phenomenal woman..Score: 4/5

An Outstanding Story from a Down to earth womanFirst Lady Michelle Obama’s Becoming touches me profoundly. I’m astounded my how she shares intimate moments from a public life with a fantastic, warm grace. As another African American woman, I loved the intelligence and patience she discovered within herself even when she, her daughters or husband faced the simple challenge of trying to do for others because others have done for them. I wish The First Black family all the love their hearts can hold. This message comes from a Texas gal to a South Side chick..Score: 5/5

Great readThe life story of a brilliant and gorgeous class act. I hope one day we can bring respectability back to the White House, but until then, it was wonderful to relive it a bit through Michelle’s words and stories..Score: 5/5

InterestingEasy to read and interesting..Score: 5/5

DisappointingThis book provides no motivation into change , the Obama’s never accompany their books with actions . They never help families , single families or children that can really benefit from their guidance . Actions speak volumes … no thanks ! last time I waste money on an Obama Book …..Score: 1/5

ComfortingI read this book because I crave the ideas and knowledge of the well Rounded successful black woman. Someone who is familiar with challenges but survive them all with grace. Someone who is kind, smart, witty, funny and beautiful inside and out. Thank you for your voice and presence in the world. Thank you for offering up your story for those of us who crave the influence of a well rounded successful black woman..Score: 5/5

EmptyIf this book is a true uncensored look into Michelle’s life, it feels empty to me. I feel she knew she could have done so much but held back. This is subject to change if and when I meet her. However, a quote that will stay with me from her is: parenting is a masterclass in letting go..Score: 3/5

Proud Chicago Resident , Honored to Read of The FLOTUS’ JourneyThis was an incredible inspiring read. The Life Story and Journey of Michelle Obama’s upbringing on the Southside of Chicago and where Her path led Her, to Become Someone Special, always helping others in every area of her life. As a Wife, Mom, Daughter, Friend Advocate, Mentor and more, Michelle for me, gives me something to aspire to I hope to help wherever I can and keep moving forward evolving as a Human Being no..Score: 5/5

Michelle you have a heart of gold.Michelle Obama is a smart funny woman. More than this she is a loving person, mom, wife, citizen, and daughter. I enjoyed her open style and her insights..Score: 5/5

Wonderful story from the heartLooking from a non political standpoint meaning IM not at a voting booth I’m here to read a book, I loved it.. I wasn’t involved strongly in politics until a few years ago even now I’m not. I’m just more aware. She obviously is a human being first with a story to tell..Score: 5/5

Great book!So glad I bought this book! Well written! Will certainly tell my friends and family about it!.Score: 5/5

BecomingAn excellent book. I enjoyed reading it and recommend it..Score: 5/5

Excellent read!This woman is 🔥! The book was easy to read and showed so much of her heart for her husband, children, family, and country! Definitely recommend!.Score: 5/5

Beautifully writtenCompelling. Entertaining. Inspiring. Heartbreaking. Heartwarming. Educating. Enlightening. Empowering. Becoming is a beautifully written memoir by the former FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, that is worth your time reading. To be completely honest, I am not a bibliophile (although I’ve always intended to be) and I have a bad habit of not finishing what I started when it comes to books or ebooks, but when I get into the groove of things, I carefully pick what is worth my time. So I made a vow to savor every page of this digital publication until the end of it and I did not regret a thing at all. This one did not disappoint, it’s that kind of book that you can’t put down once you started reading (at least for me, although it took me quite a while to finish.😅) I felt like it was narrated by my sister, my friend, my confidante, my mother, my mentor and my advocate all at the same time. Thank you @michelleobama for giving us a glimpse of your life and for sharing your story to the world that is meant to inspire the many. Thank you for all that you and former Mr. President @barackobama have done, and for all that you still do.❤️❤️❤️.Score: 5/5

Coffee Date with the First LadyThis book was utterly delightful! I describe it as “like having a beautiful coffee date with your best friend, Michelle.”.Score: 5/5

WOW. An Amazing WomanI loved this book, I didn’t want it to end. I am so emotional right now, because of the sacrifices this family made in service of their country. It was a great book. Empowering. I loved how her whole story was told with intriguing elegance..Score: 5/5

Becoming wendything1An honest glimpse into the heart and soul of Michelle Obama from humble beginnings to flouts. I enjoyed getting to know her through these pages.Score: 5/5

Must readGreat story, lots of details! A must read!.Score: 5/5

Great read!This was a great story! I do not like reading at all, but I couldn’t put this one down once I started reading..Score: 5/5

I was boredNow I personally support a black president that is NOT Obama BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.Score: 1/5

GuidanceI’m in a point of my life where I am rediscovering myself. Reading her book has given my the guidance and hope that one day I will become a version of myself I truly love..Score: 5/5

Love this lady!Thoroughly enjoyed FFLOTUS’s take on her journey to and through the White House as a mom, wife, and friend..Score: 5/5

Ignore the Racist Reviews BelowSince Apple seems not to filter the reviews, I’m balancing out the racist below (username: irirti3345), who has referred to Michelle Obama as a “disgusting, big black gorilla.” (As of 12/7/2020, their awful comment is still up.) Michelle is a gem of a human. She is smart, considerate, kind, and strong. (And yes, beautiful, but that is neither here nor there.) A racist like that person cited above does not deserve to have a cell phone, let alone a platform on that cell phone where they can spew their racist nonsense and skew review ratings while doing it. Ignore the racists. Report them however you can. And enjoy a lovely book by a wonderful human who reminds us to always go high when they go low..Score: 5/5

She's AmazingReading her book has given me confidence when I speak. Read her book out loud, and find your inner Michelle. We all have it, tap into it..Score: 5/5

Love it!Such an inspirational story. Must read..Score: 5/5

A fascinating bookA very well written book, written from the heart. Honest and a great account of the life of a remarkable woman..Score: 5/5

Poignant and heartfeltOne of the best books of this type I’ve read in a very long time. Relevant, timely, and heartfelt, these pages take you through a journey that very few people are able to witness first-hand..Score: 5/5

Thank youAn inspirational Women & Family. A book where you can find hope in this country. Shows how’s the Obama’s are truly special people and the Nation should be grateful what their family gave up, to try and improve the lives of Americans and the World. A true leader, role model for any society. Thank you..Score: 5/5

TrashI don’t like her or obama. trump 2020.Score: 1/5

He is manWhis is not a women!.Score: 1/5

AwfulThe book is good for a fire starter..Score: 1/5

Inspiring storyI developed an admiration for Michelle Obama during the 08 campaign. This wonderfully engaging book makes me feel I know her. I appreciate the honesty and depth with which she examines her life’s story, & I think she ’ll always be “my First Lady”. I recommend this book, not only as an enjoyable read, but for the insight it brings to the experience of being in the spotlight & making a difference in our world..Score: 5/5

Great!Great book! Open and vulnerable enough to give personal insight on one of the most historical presidencies ever but careful not to give too much in not only respect but in wariness of something said coming back in a lowlight. Her childhood was interesting as well. Learned a lot about First Lady! Again a great read! Highly recommended!.Score: 5/5

Simply AmazingLoved this book. It’s thought provoking and provided insight on Michelle Obama’s early life and life at the White House..Score: 5/5

GraceAnd hope!.Score: 5/5

Heartwarming & uplifting read👍🏽Heartwarming, succinct & uplifting is how Michelle Obama conveys her story! Excellent read and highly recommended..Score: 5/5

Best memoir I’ve readBeautiful, inspiring, touching, and purely amazing in the way only Michelle Obama can accomplish..Score: 5/5

Stop being mean to miss Obama!!!! 🦋🌸I’m a kid I didn’t read this book but I read the reviews some people are being soooo mean to her! Like just shut up if you can’t say a nice thing to this amazing person!!!! Like just shut up I don’t like reading mean reviews! The person how called her a gorilla you know how the real gorilla is YOU, YOU MEAN GORILLA!!!!!! Just SHUT UP!! HAVEN’T YOU HEARD ABOUT TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS!!!! Like just shut it that’s all I got say so don’t say anything if you HAVE NOTHING NICE TO say! Have a great rest of your day!.Score: 5/5

A Window to Listen and Learn Up CloseIt’s an enjoyable ride both read and listen with all the ups and downs of the Robinsons and their precious daughter, and LATER the ups and downs of the Obamas as normal American working family and as first family. This book lets you get closer to the Obamas and get to know them through the words of Michelle Obama, pouring her heart on the pages, page by page, in case you have the paperback and the warmth of her voice word by word in case you have the audio in a peaceful and loving tone!! And learn as you go about the chaos and muddy roads of our media and national politics. Keynote takeaway is that this biography encourages you unconsciously to start unlocking the possibilities/opportunities from within and dare to have a life purpose and a dream or maybe dreams if you don’t have any yet, work on them well and keep moving forward, no matter where are you standing NOW on the spectrum of life! No matter what your roots are or where your ancestors came from. A delightful read that pushes you to better yourself and have a life principles along the way as you go, so that they help steady your inner world, keep your ego in-check, guide you throughout the road and light the tunnels up when things get darker and/or harder. I applaud her for narrating her book in a slow pace that’s genuine and warm! You can feel her love and care even if you never met her. Thank you madam FLOTUS!🙏💜✊.Score: 5/5

Amazing book from an Amazing personIt’s funny, a fair portion of those leaving terrible reviews are clearly illiterate, while others seem preoccupied with her ethnicity. Unsurprising, considering these characteristics describe many of the supporters of her husband’s successor. (Not unlike the man himself).Score: 5/5

Becoming by Michelle ObamaMichele Obama’s book is full of historical events that affected her family the book is about the people that they met and it all revolves around her family and the effect presidency had on malia and Saha their two daughters the book dosent include many dates but it includes a few with the exact timing. I think this is a very good book to read if you are a fan of history or if you like the empowerment of women. It tells a powerful story of one of the most remarkable women in history..Score: 5/5

A must readAs an African American women, I love seeing black women thrive and listening to their perception of life! Michelle’s voice is soothing and I can’t literally envision myself as her as a child going through struggles and growing up to end in the White House, with more to come. I’d read it again :).Score: 5/5

Constantly looking for pity. No my cup of tea.Constantly looking for pity. It not my cup of tea. Bad book. Exaggerated.Score: 1/5

She’s a Man, baby!!!Just the Obama crime family trying to make themselves look good... don’t buy it..Score: 1/5

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Warm and FascinatingWell, first of all, who on earth reads a sample of a book and then decides that is enough to rate and review it?! I’m Canadian, and my life and experiences couldn’t be more different than Ms. Obama’s, yet somehow she managed to make even me feel like I could be friends with her and relate to her. The book is well written, interesting, and warm. She doesn’t boast or fish for compliments or sympathy, unlike some of the undeserving public figures out there. She just tells her story. You can rest assured that the absurdly low ratings on here are shills and trolls who have not read the book, and who are just angry and bitter that the Obamas are loved and respected by millions of people inside, and outside, the US, and after reading her book, you will know why..Score: 5/5

BecomingI loved it.Score: 5/5

Love it!Michelle Obama is an extraordinary women that inspires. Her storyline is truly beautiful. After reading her life you understand why the Obama’s has being one of the most beloved presidential couple in United States..Score: 5/5

GarbageLies and ignorance..Score: 1/5

InspiringAn insightful look into Michelle’s life that confirmed what I already felt I knew about her—her resilience having overcome all that she has making her the wonderful role model that she is. A definite must read!!!.Score: 5/5

Amazing read..I believe in Magic MICHELLE, thank you for sharing.Score: 5/5

From the heart ...Wonderfully candid and enthralling. Finished it in 3 days.Score: 5/5

AmazingSo inspiring! I learned a lot while reading this, and I highly recommend it to everybody, no matter what part of the world you are from. I’m from Quebec, Canada and that book really spoke to me..Score: 5/5

Michelle’s gift to usMichelle Obama has an amazing ability of telling a story where you feel deeply connected. Her humor, her sense of survival, her appreciation of every day life, her way of speaking and her gratitude at how her life has turned out are palpable in this book. I highly recommend it..Score: 5/5

A Work-In-ProgressI mean, it’s ok, but I’ve seen better. I only read the sample, but she has a few details that she could add, and it’s hard to catch up on...🤨 if worked on, though, I believe she can achieve great measures!.Score: 2/5

Outstanding makes you smile and cryThe more I read the more I understood why Michelle Obama is just real and amazing. Her attitude, drive, integrity, love for her family, energy to get behind causes that are good and just make you see what a wonderful caring soul she is - fist bump this was an outstanding read thank you for sharing this with us..Score: 5/5

Becoming is AmazingAmazing book written by an amazing woman. Thoroughly enjoyed reading and highly recommend. Thank you Michelle Obama for allowing us into your world..Score: 5/5

BecomingAs a 65 year old Canadian male, a reluctant reader and of Scottish decent, I’m amazed that I actually completed this book! This, of course, speaks volumes as to its riveting historical content, blended and told through the eyes of the girl next door! You are so right, Michelle, we are more the same than we are different!.Score: 5/5

A book to be cherished! Truly, a memorable and insightful read!This book is a very frank, thoughtful and poignant account of the former First Lady’s life, leading up to, during, and after, life at the White House. Michelle Obama offers insight into how her upbringing has shaped her and made her into one of the leading role models, women can look up to. She shared the driving force behind what has always motivated her and Barack, which culminated in their 8 years at the White House. She shared her drive to to leave behind a legacy of an impeccable standard of selflessness in her work, always mindful that it needed to serve a greater purpose - to leave the world a better place then the one they grew up in. Her book is beautifully written, and warm in its tone, as if one is having a conversation with her. It was truly an honour to have the former FLOTUS share so much if herself with all of us! A memorable, inspiring and unforgettable book, written by one of the most iconic citizen’s of the world! A gracious and heartfelt thank you to Michelle for sharing so much of herself with all of us!!!.Score: 5/5

Tea with MichelleI must say up front that I am a Canadian with English and Irish heritage so I really appreciate the history cascading throughout this book. Michelle I felt like you were here visiting me as we shared your truth over a pot of lady grey tea! I savoured each page slowly, chapter by chapter as I knew that the end drew near. You are brilliant, encouraging thought provoking which is the reason I am reading your book again! Thank you, Mrs S James.Score: 5/5

FabulousI absolutely love this book, so beautifully written, I new it would be a book I would enjoy reading, but it is even more than what I had expected, I highly recommend this book, you will be so very happy that you did!.Score: 5/5

BECOMINGAs a Canadian senior with eye difficulties, I’m now preferring audio books. What a DELIGHT to hear from the former FIRST LADY in her own voice and words. TREAT YOURSELF! You will be SO glad you did..Score: 5/5

LoveLove it.Score: 5/5

Mes respectsMes respects pour cette jolie Madade inspirante et sa petite famille..Score: 5/5

CrapCompletely title...Score: 1/5

Wow! One of the greatest books I’ve ever read.Wow! It’s no wonder that I’ve heard quite a lot of people speaking so highly of this book. Michelle and Barack have been one of my people-inspirations when it comes to mastering English as my second language and as becoming a better human being. Through the pages, we easily got that Michelle went through a lot. But, seeing that she imposed herself to keep her privacy as a wife, mother, a daughter makes her be considered even more one of a kind of woman! Nowadays, it has not been easy maintaining stable relationships, and she did really well having to manage quite a lot of people out of her family! It’s no wonder that she’s been worshiped by a lot of people worldwide. It broke my heart to read every time she got her heart broken, but kept her head up and commiserated with so many families. I’m happy to have had the opportunity to get to know Michelle’s viewpoint about a lot of controversial topics, even she’s not feeling comfortable about politics. I did wish I’d read more about what happened during the presidential election, what she thinks of what the fate of the U.S would be like in the upcoming years. However, I know that we gotta be careful when it comes expressing our thoughts of others, especially in times, where it’s easy to be labeled as whatever people like to call us when intending to put us down. We, who belong to minority groups have been misled to believe that we are not worthy of love, better opportunities and that we should live like ghosts. This is what has felt like being black, gay, woman, Latino, et cetera. Reading this book, made me feel stronger as a gay-Latino-black math professor! Thank you, Michelle, for all your efforts to allow us to get to know more of you, your family, and legacy! The best of luck! 🇧🇷❤️.Score: 5/5

OutstandingAn excellent job! I can identify with the author although my skin is white and I was born in a small town in Canada to parents who are French Canadian with First Nation descendants. Although I’m not a fan of memoirs and autobiographies, I knew I had to read this one simply because of the « type » of person Mrs. Obama is. Everything I saw in her or thought about her was confirmed in this book. What a great First Lady she was and a great Woman she is. An inspiration for us all!.Score: 5/5


Many thanksA very personal and heartwarming book. I enjoyed being able to learn so much about a truly wonderful family that gave us eight delightful years in The White House. Thank you from a grateful Canadian supporter..Score: 5/5

BecomingI thoroughly enjoyed reading this biography. Very well written, giving a message of love and hope for humanity..Score: 5/5

Becoming Michelle ObamaI am listening to the audiobook version of this book. I am loving it. What a great descriptive writer she is..Score: 5/5

All liesGlorified a race-baiting liar..Score: 1/5

Becoming Michelle ObamaBeautiful to read how strong and thoughtful she is. « When they go low, we go high » will be with me forever. She is a role model..Score: 5/5

BecmingInteresting reading; as a Canadian, it gave a better understanding of U.S. Presidential governing. Also a better insight into Black lives. All of us matter..Score: 5/5

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