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Performed by the author featuring original music by Nick Cordero.

Amanda Kloots bravely reflects on love, loss, and life with her husband, Broadway star, and Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero, whose public battle with COVID-19 and tragic death made headlines around the world.

In March 2020, Broadway star and Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero was hospitalized for what he and his wife, Amanda Kloots, believed to be a severe case of pneumonia. Entering the hospital, they had every reason to believe that Nick - a young father and otherwise healthy man - would return home. After an eventual diagnosis of COVID-19 that led to Nick’s being placed on a ventilator, Amanda took to documenting their journey on social media, showing the dangers COVID-19 posed to everyone, regardless of age. Her updates quickly captivated millions, inspiring people around the globe to dance each day to Nick’s song “Live Your Life” and offer positive thoughts and prayer. When he passed away after 95 grueling days in the ICU, the world grieved for Amanda, her infant son, Elvis, and the future COVID-19 had snatched away from them.

Live Your Life is the story of Nick and Amanda’s life together - of their beautiful relationship, of Nick’s dramatic fight for survival, of those sudden tragic months that permanently changed her world and ours - and of their interrupted future as a family. From the confusing early days of his illness to searching for signs of hope in every update from the doctors to the healing sound of Elvis’s laughter, Amanda details how she approached even the most devastating moments with the personal optimism and faith that have shaped her life. Written with her sister Anna Kloots, who was with her every step of this journey, Live Your Life explores how Amanda’s willingness to accept help from an entire community of people - friends, family, and even total strangers - played a vital role in enduring this hardship. In the process, she offers a touching meditation on how even the worst times have silver linings that deepen our connections to the world around us and to the people who matter most.

What emerges is an inspiring and unexpectedly uplifting message for life in the time of COVID, a vision of courage for anyone coping with overwhelming loss or the collective trauma of what the pandemic has taken from us. A poignant reflection on love, hope, motherhood, and the transformational power of music, Live Your Life is a love letter to Nick and a reminder that, sometimes, celebrating life today is the only path through tomorrow’s darkness.

©2021 Amanda Kloots and Anna Kloots (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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The most tragic tale of Covid; told in the most beautiful way.

I followed Amanda’s story throughout lockdown. Hearing the behind the scenes of the Instagram stories is heartbreakingly beautiful. Hearing the memories is so so beautiful. They lift you up just when you are about to cry. This book is a testament of why is important in life: love, family, friendship, hope, faith, silver linings: to choose joy and positivity everyday even when things look impossible: especially when things look impossible. How I wish and wish that Nick got his Code Rocky.the most tragic tale of Covid, told in the most beautiful way. It really is a must listen. It may even reframe your thoughts on life

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A story of hope, heartbreak and healing

Inspiring and life changing read. Amanda honours her husband's life by telling his story. Her bravery, positivity even in the worst of days and her love for people is astonishing. Thank you Amanda and Anna Kloots

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Wow! What a listen. What a story. You will laugh and cry ugly tears. This book is an emotional roller coaster. I started it and couldn’t stop,so listened to it in one go. It’s honest, raw and humble. Would highly recommend.

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Beautifully heartbreaking

I followed this story on Instagram and was so inspired by Amanda and devastated by what covid was doing to a vibrant, young father and husband.

There is so much more to the story. Thank you for sharing Amanda. Live your life.

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Incredibly moving and inspiring

Like many, I followed Amanda, Elvis, and Nicks life on social media last year. I have always thought Amanda’s positivity and tenacity is amazing and inspiring, and listening to this book just solidifies that as fact for me. Your story inspires me to take nothing for granted, to think positively and to love and embrace my family and friends harder everyday. LIVE YOUR LIFE.

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a true inspiration.

heartwrenching and deeply inspiring . beautifully written and beautifully narrated. a reminder to hold your loved ones close and live in the now

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A beautiful story of love, loss and the power of compassion and positivity.

I started following the Kloots sisters when I first heard about Nick’s hospitalisation. I thought it was important to hear Amanda’s voice tell her story so I chose the audio version. This book is so beautifully written. Amanda’s strength and faith helped her through a truly devastating loss. The stories of the incredible kindness and compassion of Family members, friends and strangers from around the world is truly inspiring and heartwarming. This book is a Must read. RIP Nick Cordero

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Gripping and Heartbreaking

Amanda Kloots is in an inspiration. Nick will be forever remembered in this beautiful memoir.

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A must read to feel the human impact of the pandemic on love and a family

I had followed Amanda Kloots' journey through the worst of times when I heard about Nick's hospitalisation. It was his youth, vitality and strength taken by this disease that was so shocking to me. And I kept up-to-date every day, praying with so many others that he would pull through. Beat it!
Soon, my attention moved to Amanda and her plight through this. The only thing I remember thinking was, Lordy. Amanda is a strong woman, no BS here, straightforward, ensuring there was never a hopeless moment.
She was finding light in every moment fighting for her family. I felt empathy, compassion, awe, wonder, terror, anger, and fear for her. And quite often, disbelief that one person could stay this strong and motivated when life was so unbelievably cruel.
She climbed my Instagram algorithm quickly and subsequently became the first person allocated to my story feed, and she has remained there ever since. I followed her singing, dancing, crying and laughing through some of the most life-affirming moments that any person can imagine.
I pre-ordered this book in Audible because I wanted to hear her tell it to me. I wanted her words to be in my ears in her voice. But, boy, am I glad and devastated that I made that choice.
I was sobbing before the epilogue even finished. I had to pause it and walk the room and get myself ready to continue. I listened every chance I got, and last night at bedtime, I got to chapter 13. Rookie Audible Mistake - most unbelievably harrowing chapter right before bed! I eventually caught some zzz's at 03.40 only because I could keep my eyes open.
I have just finished the book and sang along to the closing credits like a crazy person in my classroom while grading exams.
This book is nothing short of a testament to what some individuals have had to endure during this pandemic quietly, trying to survive in the worst of times. Charles Dickens pops into my mind every time I try and write this. 'It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times.' This book showed me both sides of that coin, and Amanda Kloots, I was in awe of you before this book, but now quite simply, you are my heroine of this pandemic. Yet, even on your darkest day, you found love and light.
Please read this book; it will be one of the books that will describe this phase in our shared history the best. WOW!

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Overwhelmingly beautiful

A must read/listen. A beautiful, raw and authentic story of life and loss. Amanda Kloots is one inspiring woman.

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  • Jennifer Galang
  • 16-06-21

Heart wrenching and beautiful

I finished this book the day it came out and sobbed multiple times through out. It’s not just a story of loss during Covid-19 but also the power of love, hope, community and most of all the power of positivity.

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  • 18-06-21

Privilege

I am grateful that Amanda realizes the privilege she was afford while Nick was ill. If you or a family member have faced or are facing an ongoing medical crisis this is a very hard book to read, because the central theme of the story is privilege and that is so hard to miss when you are living on the other side of it. I hope that now as an author, tv personality, influencer and more Amanda can not only acknowledge how privilege played a role in her experiences, but bring awareness and change to those that are fighting the same or similar battles everyday that do not have the privilege of friends in high places, fans with lots of money and more. This story shows glimpses of a frustrating and broken healthcare system, now imagine if you were faced with that without the private medical team, a doctor on call 24/7, a huge gofundme account, and all of the amazing attention, support and help that this tragic story garnered.

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  • Jennifer Albano
  • 18-06-21

Incredible story of love and loss

I followed Amanda on Instagram throughout Nick’s time in the hospital and would look for her updates throughout the day just hoping for her miracle. I so appreciate her sharing the good times with the hard through her grieving process.

Like another reviewer, I was wondering what more would be revealed since she was so candid on Instagram and like the other person, I am blown away by everything that she went through. We should all be so lucky to have a strong support system in our darkest days.

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  • staceybee
  • 19-06-21

Beautiful, sweet, heartbreaking

I was actually too scared to follow Nick’s journey in real-time. COVID had made my sister, who lives in Italy, so sick, that I had a mental break in March of 2020.

This story is so beautiful, and hearing Amanda deliver it without holding back emotion was the best way to hear this story.

However, it may make a lot of people upset. Those who had sick or dying family members in the hospital unable to visit them. Those who could not afford a private doctor, those who did not have direct access to so many other doctors that were 100% focused on their loved one, those who had friends and connections in high places that gave them opportunities the rest of us could never even conceive of in 2020.

This is an inspiring and gut-wrenching story told from a place of love & gratitude but also immense privilege. I laughed, I cried, but I also cringed thinking of the hundreds of thousands of other COVID patients and their families and their experience with losing their loved one versus this experience. Amanda does acknowledge the privilege here & there, but it felt more of a toss-in than a real understanding & true appreciation of “it’s not what you know, it’s WHO you know.”

I still recommend this book. It captures life in the time of COVID and does indeed show the amazing power of love, faith, and family.

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  • julie
  • 19-06-21

must read live your life

such a tragic story but Amanda Kloots is a brave and honest woman and I love her!

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  • Allyse Spisak
  • 19-06-21

Grace in Tragedy

Like so many people, I have followed Nick and Amanda’s story since it was first in the media. I was always amazed with the grace, strength and positivity she showed throughout the most difficult time in her life. I thought I knew their story, but after listening to Amanda tell her story in her own words, I am even more amazed.

It is such a beautiful display of grace in tragedy, from how she interacted with the doctors and staff at the hospital, to how she made sure Elvis never felt that anxiety or sadness. She and Nick will forever be in my heart.

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  • E. Gandarilla
  • 19-06-21

Life your life WOW !

I never read a book with so much honesty, it has you crying one moment laughing the next ! It’s like you were there part of what was happening wanting all to be fine imagining that thru all the hear ache there was togetherness there was hope there was love , truly made me think that there are people willing to help and be human that humanity still gave me hope .thank you kloots family , thank you Cordero family for sharing this beautiful part of your Life .
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  • Mike M
  • 19-06-21

Inspirational at its core

I bought the book and just had to hear the audio as well. Amanda’s positivity and determination to advocate for her husband is just incredible and inspirational.

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  • AmazonGuy
  • 19-06-21

Beautiful! Soulful! A book of this time but also timeless!

Amanda Kloots along with her sister, Anna Kloots, have shared a story of love, loss and life after loss so honestly and bravely. At a time of such devastating sorrow they have created something beautiful and transformative. I laughed and cried alongside them on this journey. This is essentially an uplifting book because there is grace- the ability to see the goodness in life and people and a faith in what we can’t see but know is there - eternally. Love.

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  • S. Melton
  • 18-06-21

Heart-wrenching and beautiful!

A powerful story of love, loss, family and positivity. I’m so glad the author narrated this herself. Her authentic emotions coming through in her own voice was so powerful, nobody else could have narrated this book. I laughed with her, felt her frustrations, and bawled my eyes out. I’ll continue to follow her and Elvis’ story on Instagram and pray for healing for her and her family. So glad I bought this audiobook!

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