Book Review | Turtles Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario

turtle under ice

Turtles Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario

YA, Poems

Simon Pulse | February 11th, 2020

5/5 Stars


Rowena feels like her family is a frayed string of lights that someone needs to fix with electrical tape. After her mother died a few years ago, she and her sister, Ariana, drifted into their own corners of the world, each figuring out in their own separate ways how to exist in a world in which their mother is no longer alive.

But then Ariana disappears under the cover of night in the middle of a snowstorm, leaving no trace or tracks. When Row wakes up to a world of snow and her sister’s empty bedroom, she is left to piece together the mystery behind where Ariana went and why, realizing along the way that she might be part of the reason Ariana is gone.

My Review

Arianna is failing school, and may not graduate. She hasn’t told anyone and she has one last chance to get some extra credit so she can graduate. She doesn’t want anyone to know that she hasn’t done anything since her mother died.

Row is an amazing soccer player. It’s her escape of sorts. When Row wakes to find Arianna missing, she feels abandoned. She and Arianna were supposed to be there for each other, always.

Lyrically written, Turtle Under Ice a story about two sisters who are still grieving their mother’s death many years later. Because the story is told from both sister’s point of view, you feel all of the grief, loss, and heaviness of it all. It didn’t take me long to read this book, which makes me both happy and sad. It makes me sad because the book was written so wonderfully that I felt like I was forming some kind of bond with the sisters. I’m happy because both girls realize that they don’t have to have their grief define them.

I have never read a book written in verse like this and I can honestly say I was a little concerned I was going to have trouble with it. This book turned out to be so beautiful and I’m so glad that I read it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good book about sisterhood and grief. 


Thank you, Simon Pulse, for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

thanks for reading


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