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Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite
A License To Practice by Valerie Allen is a gripping short story about parenting, and how they can misjudge certain situations in their teenager's life. It shows how they can go off the handle at the slightest point of misinterpretation through snooping. A License To Practice is an amazing short story. You're dropped straight into the action from the very first page, and immediately you are attracted to the engaging characters; Roy and Blanche. They are real and relatable when it comes to parenting a teenager. The dialog between the two of them is hilarious yet I felt guilty after because of what they're going through, and I found myself wondering what my reaction would be if I were in their position; it wasn't good! To find out what happens, grab a copy and dive in.
Valerie Allen has a true talent for writing realistic stories and creating characters that grab your attention, along with the unique qualities that make them who they are. As a twenty-six-year-old, I related more to the love-sick teenager because it can be hard to communicate with your parents about certain topics such as love, which is what this story is mainly based on. However, I can also understand the situation from the parents' point of view in terms of them just wanting to protect their child. A License To Practice is extremely well written and would make a good book to read just before bed. If you are a parent reading this book, then maybe you will learn to communicate better with your child, no matter how old they are. I look forward to reading more of Valerie's thought-provoking work.