Several years ago I reviewed Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming and commented to family and friends that hers was a powerful story for everyone, but would have a great impact on young readers. So, I was delighted to see that Becoming has been adapted for a younger audience and includes a new introduction and photographs.
Since childhood, Michelle has lived a life defying everyone's expectations and she challenges readers to do the same. As a child, she was asked why she talked ‘like a white girl’ and at high school, despite academic excellence was told she was unlikely to be ‘Princeton material’.
Michelle shares her personal story of how through determination and hard work she built an extraordinary life. She describes her triumphs and disappointments in her own words and on her own terms. Younger readers will be able to relate to Michelle’s recollections of growing up, including her first school and first kiss.
Becoming inspires readers to help others and understand that perfection is unachievable. Michelle challenges readers to consider who they are and what they want to become. It’s a big question, worthy of serious contemplation, at any age!
Reviewer: Andrea Molloy Penguin Random House, RRP $35.00