During the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I came across Amanda Kloots and her heartbreaking story about her husband Nick being hospitalized. I had heard of Nick before during his appearances on Broadway, and had thought him to be talented. It wasn’t long before I was following Amanda on Instagram, listening to Nick’s song Life Your Life daily, and praying for a miracle for him and his family.
I was so inspired by Amanda’s positivity during such a horrible time in her life. Unfortunately that miracle did not happened as Nick passed away from complications related to COVID-19 on July 5th, 2020. I was heartbroken for Amanda, their son Elvis, and the rest of Nick’s family and friends. Yet, I continued to follow Amanda as she started processing her grief and her life without Nick, and rooted for her, her little boy Elvis, and their family. So when I found to that she was going to be writing a memoir of this experience, I knew I was going to read it.
Live Your Life: My Story Of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero takes you on the rollar-coaster of Nick’s story. I really loved the way that this memoir was written. Everything is so beautifully interwoven together. This isn’t just about his battle with COVID-19 but also about his relationship with Amanda, his relationship with his family and friends, and the strength which they all draw from each other. I loved the way flashbacks were used to describe the man that Nick was – one because it provided a full picture but also because it really forced me to see the parallel of everything that was being lost because of this pandemic. And yet, I was filled with such hope and gratitude while reading Amanda and her sister Anna’s words. Why? Because there is some real goodness within them.
Live Your Life is a story of love, inspiration, hope, gratitude, and resilience. It is a book that made me tear up, full on ugly cry, and feel filled with inspiration. Amanda is a woman who is filled with so much grace and strength. She has this ability to draw people in with such a simple ease; and she makes you feel like you are a part of something. She had a cross-country community before the pandemic as well but through this story you are also able to see how much stronger it gets and the goodness of humanity and how it truly came out in her time of need.
I had felt like I knew Amanda and Nick before but after reading this, I realized that I had no idea. She had given us a glimpse into her life via Instagram while it was happening but Live Your Life really opens everything up. I can only imagine how difficult and yet therapeutic this process has been for Amanda and her sister. I am so grateful for them for sharing this story, and for all of their continued work in educating people on the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination, and donating funds via their Hooray for Life store. I know that this is only one story of loss that occurred during this tragic pandemic but, it is one story that will not be forgotten.
You’ll live and learn and then come up the other side
A bit more wise
Live your life
Rating: 5 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**