Review: Becoming: Adapted For Younger Readers

Discover first hand Michelle Obama’s modest childhood growing up in the Robinson family. Along with her older brother Craig, they lived in an upstairs apartment in her Great Aunt’s place on the south side of Chicago.

Her parents taught them to work hard and remember to laugh, how to think for themselves and be unafraid to use their voice for what they believed in.

In the early 1980s, Michelle attended Princeton University and slowly adjusted to life away from home – discovering the fast and exciting pace of New York.

With Michelle’s aptitude, sitting for law exams become a natural progression of her academic life. She soon found herself applying for Law Schools with the next stop being Harvard University. Law was not her passion, but she did what was expected of her.

Michelle obtained a position at the Chicago law firm Sidley and Austen. Soon she was making good money, had her own office and assistant which signalled the epitome of success.

One of the best parts of her job was the recruitment of new lawyers. It was during this process that she met a hotshot student lawyer, a fellow graduate from Harvard who was busy climbing the ladder of success. This man was her future husband, Barack Obama who was late for his first day.

Michelle shares her struggles to balance the demands of being a mother, a wife and working. Then everything changed with Barack becoming the President and Michelle was now a politician’s wife and the First Lady.

This book for young people is an honest and fascinating look at Michelle’s life. Her ability to provide for her daughters with a balanced approach to life while living in the spotlight. Amongst these challenges, Michelle was still managing to champion numerous causes and initiatives.

Her view on how young people can help themselves as well as others recognises that no one is perfect. It is the process of becoming that matters – discovering who you are is an evolving process.

Michelle’s message of transitioning through life is a passage to something new, that should not be feared but grasped with excitement and anticipation – a new beginning is one we should all embrace.

Title: Becoming: Adapted for Younger Readers
Author: Michelle Obama
Publisher: Penguin UK, $29.99
Publication Date: March 2021
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780241531815
For ages: 9 – 12
Type: Non-Fiction

May 14, 2021 at 12:30AM DimbutNice