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The Interrogation of Gabriel James

2.95 of 5 stars 2.95  ·  rating details  ·  189 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Eyewitness to two killings, fourteen-year-old Gabriel Jamesrelates the shocking story behind themurders in a police interrogation interspersed with flashbacks. Step by step,this Montana teenagertraces his discovery of a link between a troubled classmate's disturbing home life andan outbreak of local crime.In the process,however, Gabriel becomes increasinglyconfused about h ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Square Fish (first published August 10th 2010)
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Ann
There's a current (June 2011) to-do among those who read and critique young adult fiction over whether the genre has gotten too dark/grim/melodramatic/R-rated (or worse). Without getting into the fracas, I'll just say that proponents of that argument might hold up The Interrogation of Gabriel James as evidence.

Montana high schooler Gabriel James - middling cross-country runner and son of a single mom (with lots of unresolved issues about his runaway, now dead, father) - is in a police station, w
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Ms. Yingling
Gabriel is a witness to a shooting, and the police are questioning him. Gabriel doesn't seem entirely innocent, being on the edge of a variety of animal killings, fires, and stalking a girl whom he suspects is abused. His biggest mistake is getting too close to the remaining members of a hippie cult, a cult which has personal connections to his family. Although we know that two murders occurred, the mystery is that we aren't entirely sure who is responsible for them. It might even be Gabriel him ...more
Karissa
This is one of the quickest reads I've had all summer. I read this is one day. It was a choice for my Young Adult Book Club so I probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise. Okay, that's a lie, I might have picked it up if I found it at the library.

I really liked the idea of this novel but I don't feel like it was executed very well. I didn't mind it jumping from interrogation to the events leading up to Gabriel James being interrogated, however I feel like some things were glossed over too e
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Mike Williams
I'm not always sure where dividing line is between good YA fiction and adult fiction, but I do know that the blurrier that line is, the more I tend to enjoy a book. In "The Interrogation of Gabriel James" Price has written a compact thriller that demands your interest from the beginning and which treats its YA audience as adult more than it treats them as young. This respect for the intelligence of the reader makes the novel an excellent read for both the YA and Adult demographics, and it's easy ...more
Brandon Glidden
A dark story that is very suspenseful but also confusing. Gabriel is being interrogated by police after a mysterious crime has been committed that led to two deaths. We do not learn who died until the end of the book! Gradually revealed through his view of the interrogation, as well as Gabriel's telling of the backstory in more straightforward fashion, is a complicated story about a girl he likes who hides a very odd home life from her classmates, and how he gets mixed up in it. There is a story ...more
Sue Wargo
I know you aren't supposed to choose a book by it's cover, but while browsing the YA shelves I found this title and liked the idea of a mystery. As a high school librarian, I have seen that mysteries aren't the cool genre and I wanted to see what passes as mystery today. The book is set with a crime having happened and Gabriel is sitting at the local police department in the interrogation room with two officers going through not only the event surrounding the actual crime, but what led up to it. ...more
Ms Crow
Even though this novel has a fairly easy reading level it possesses content that could be deamed questionable. The story is told first person through Gabriel's eyes after the crimes have occured. The way they are narrated through interrogation give an opening into Gabriel being able to discuss the events. He is considered a suspect and must convince two police not only of his innocence but also to care about issues that seriously need to be addressed within the life of a classmate.

As a student t
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Angela Berg
Even though this novel has a fairly easy reading level it possesses content that could be deemed questionable. The story is told first person through Gabriel's eyes after the crimes have occurred. The way they are narrated through interrogation give an opening into Gabriel being able to discuss the events. He is considered a suspect and must convince two police not only of his innocence but also to care about issues that seriously need to be addressed within the life of a classmate.

As a student
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Makail Crawford
The Interrogation of Gabriel James by Charlie Pierce is a fiction book about the questioning of teen Gabriel James. Gabriel is being questioned due to the mysterious crimes and events that have been happening in his hometown of Billings,Montana. From here we learn through various questions and flashbacks the events that took place, which led to his interrogation.

Throughout my reading there are several things that I came across that I liked and disliked about the book. The thing that I liked ab
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Diane Ferbrache
Gabriel James is being questioned by the police. There have been mysterious fires, missing and dead pets, and two killings. Gabriel knows what happened, and the police want to know what he knew, when he knew it, and whether he was involved or just another victim. His story is told in first person as the interrogation takes place, and the reader learns the whole story through Gabriel’s voice. By the end, the reader learns the whole story, and Gabriel learns some hard truths about his own life an ...more
Corey Ryan
I thought as an YA Edgar Award Winner, this would at least be a fairly good mystery. It wasn't. I enjoyed Rat Life. Read that one instead. As for the kids, this one will be a bit confusing and any reluctant reader most likely won't muscle through the transitions of the interrogation to the flashbacks and will become frustrated and bored with the lack of any hook and give up. I almost gave up too. There is nothing "challenging" in this book. It's not gruesome or bloody or sex filled. Once the mys ...more
Christina
A dark story that is very suspenseful but also confusing. Gabriel is being interrogated by police after a mysterious crime has been committed that led to two deaths. We do not learn who died until the end of the book! Gradually revealed through his view of the interrogation, as well as Gabriel's telling of the backstory in more straightforward fashion, is a complicated story about a girl he likes who hides a very odd home life from her classmates, and how he gets mixed up in it. There is a story ...more
Laura
We meet Montana teen Gabriel James in a cemetery at a funeral. There are 2 dead, but the reader won't learn who they are until the end of the book. Using the format of a police interrogation, the story unfolds as Gabriel reveals what he knew about the deaths and moves seamlessly between the interrogation and the actions that led to it. Those actions include racism, kidnapped/murdered pets, a cult leader who is becoming more and more deranged, bullies, and a long-time secret of Gabriel's own fami ...more
Ted Duke
Weird tale. Presented in an unusual way, the main character is being interviewed at a police station about a double murder, and he answers the questions, but you get a lot more than an answer.

Not a favorite, but a good read for older teens.
Dana Flatekval-morris
This was interesting. I was confused at parts and honestly only read this book a couple days ago and the ending made no impact on me, can't even remember it.
Jill
I REALLY didn't like this book. It was very hard to follow with the many different characters and the constant flashbacks. Gabriel is being interrogated by two police officers because two murders have been committed. The reader is unsure if Gabriel is involved somehow with the crimes. I don't like the part of the story that discusses the Ray family and how the brother and sister have to take their clothes off upon entering the house and continue to be naked while their father is fully clothed. T ...more
Claire
First person. Gabriel is in an interrogation room. There is a detective in the background and an officer interrogating Gabriel. He is not under arrest- yet. Two murders have occurred, Gabriel knows a lot about what happened, this is about finding out what he knows and learning Gabe's role in the tragic events. Plumbing the undercurrents of the high school and the families around town the trio search out some kind of truth as the past and present, hidden and seen swirl about them.
Lots of flashba
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Kristine
I picked up this mystery for class on the basis of it winning the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult this year but found myself disappointed. I was largely confused by the story about a 17-year-old named Gabriel James who is being interviewed by detectives about a crime he may know something about or be involved in. Each chapter starts in the present (the interrogation room) and then switches to flashbacks told from Gabriel's point of view about the problems going on in his town. While I didn't en ...more
Life Between Coffee Spoons
I picked up this mystery for class on the basis of it winning the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult this year but found myself disappointed. I was largely confused by the story about a 17-year-old named Gabriel James who is being interviewed by detectives about a crime he may know something about or be involved in. Each chapter starts in the present (the interrogation room) and then switches to flashbacks told from Gabriel's point of view about the problems going on in his town. While I didn't en ...more
Kristine Cook
I picked up this mystery on the basis of it winning the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult this year but found myself disappointed. I was largely confused by the story about a 17-year-old named Gabriel James who is being interviewed by detectives about a crime he may know something about or be involved in. Each chapter starts in the present (the interrogation room) and then switches to flashbacks told from Gabriel's point of view about the problems going on in his town. While I didn't enjoy it, I ...more
SharonJH Harman
Gabriel James is a Billings high school cross-country runner caught up in a web of events that will result in 2 deaths. The story is revealed through the police interrogation mixed with Gabe's flashbacks of his interactions with the townspeople involved. He doesn't think he is guilty, but do the police? As Gabe tries to get to the bottom of a rash of petty and hate crimes around town, he finds out more than he wants to know about a secretive family at the edge of town, a running buddy's new frie ...more
Mrs. Trimble
For me, personally, I felt the content of this book was inappropriate for young adult readers. I found it pretty disturbing and twisted throughout the whole book. Suggestions of sexual abuse, incest, murder, racism, animal cruelty, and cult-activity all rolled up into one story told by Gabriel in an interrogation room. And, oh yeah, there is a cross-country runner backstory as well. I feel like if the book dealt with just one or two of these issues, it would have made for a better story. It was ...more
Anna
This book is incredible! It starts out at a funeral, where we learn that two people have died. Through most of the book, you don't know who they are, and you certainly don't know who killed them. Gabriel James is taken in to tell police what he knows about what happened, and the story unfolds as he lays out his side for two officers. It's great suspense, but even more, it's great prose. The story of Gabriel's life is just as interesting as what led up to the murders. I could not put this book do ...more
Handd51
I really enjoyed reading this for the writing technique - and it is a page turner, but it will take a weird kid to choose the book, at least in Middle School. The main character is a high school junior in Missoula MT caught up ina very odd set of circumstances. Throughout, he tries to do the right thing by everyone - but he doesn't keep any adults in the loop, and nearly gets killed in the process. He spends a day in police interrogation because of his involvement - to say more would be a spoile ...more
Jay
The story is about a teenager named Gabriel James who was interrogated by two police officers for two murders that he may or may not know about. Throughout the story we slowly learn about what type of person Gabriel is but the author will then take a complete turn and shock the reader with a completely new discovery. This book is full of suspense, mystery, and humor. I would recommend this book to people who are interested in these genres
Dayna Smith
Gabriel James was involved in a murder. This is his story, written as a police interrogation interspersed with flashbacks. Gabriel tells his story to the police. A tale of racism, child abuse, selling drugs, bullying, and secrets; Gabriel must come to terms with what he did and didn't do, and the secrets that have been kept from him. A fantastic read about a young boy who tries to help a friend and ends up in over his head.
Yvonne Powderly
I started this book with the intention of skimming, but got hooked. From the get-go you know there has been a double murder ... but that's all you know. Bit by bit, like peeling the layers of an onion, pieces of the mystery are revealed through Gabe's questioning by the police. You know there has been a crime but you don't know the who, why, where, or how ... and that keeps you reading.
Martha
I won't summarize the book as plenty of others have done that already and you can read the on-line publisher's blurb. I read it in one afternoon so it must have been compelling enough but the ending seemed a bit pat as if all the ends needed to be neatly tied up. Events in real life are like that a lot of the time but I felt a bit disappointed by what seemed to be meant as surprises.
Diane
Billings MT student Gabe is being questioned by a police officer and an investigator throughout this short gritty novel. As the story goes on bits are revealed, and finally at the end the two murder victims names are given. Cult-like behavior, family secrets, and the usual high school drama make this quick read a regional must and a good choice for reluctant readers.
Lydia Munro
The Interrogation of Gabriel James was an interesting fast paced novel in the beginning. There were many different plots running, making it slightly hard to follow, and Gabe seemed quite a cliche character. Because of the prescience of some mature themes - such as drug use - I recommend to readers 14+ who enjoy crime and mystery. Three and a half stars.
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