Book Review: Spare by Prince Harry


Title: Spare

By: Prince Harry

Genre: Memoir

Pages: 410

Release Date: January 10th, 2023

Publisher: Random House

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

It was one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow—and horror. As Princess Diana was laid to rest, billions wondered what Prince William and Prince Harry must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on.

For Harry, this is that story at last.

Before losing his mother, twelve-year-old Prince Harry was known as the carefree one, the happy-go-lucky Spare to the more serious Heir. Grief changed everything. He struggled at school, struggled with anger, with loneliness—and, because he blamed the press for his mother’s death, he struggled to accept life in the spotlight.

At twenty-one, he joined the British Army. The discipline gave him structure, and two combat tours made him a hero at home. But he soon felt more lost than ever, suffering from post-traumatic stress and prone to crippling panic attacks. Above all, he couldn’t find true love.

Then he met Meghan. The world was swept away by the couple’s cinematic romance and rejoiced in their fairy-tale wedding. But from the beginning, Harry and Meghan were preyed upon by the press, subjected to waves of abuse, racism, and lies. Watching his wife suffer, their safety and mental health at risk, Harry saw no other way to prevent the tragedy of history repeating itself but to flee his mother country. Over the centuries, leaving the Royal Family was an act few had dared. The last to try, in fact, had been his mother. . . .

For the first time, Prince Harry tells his own story, chronicling his journey with raw, unflinching honesty. A landmark publication, Spare is full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.


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This is the book you didn't know you were waiting for.

I think we can all agree, Prince Harry has always been played off as the wild child in the media. We've all read into it as just that, but there's always another side to the story and I'm so glad Prince Harry wrote this book. The stories told by the author are full of emotions. Some fun and spicy, and others heartfelt and sad. The word inside these covers really make Prince Harry feel like a real person, even if he is British Royalty.

This was an incredible read and I would encourage everyone to pick it up.

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