"Adnan's Story" often turns the narrative over to Syed in the form of long letters he writes to the outside world—some of the most intriguing sections of the book. He maintains his innocence and regrets the way in which his family has been affected and his religion maligned. While he grew up attending the local mosque and being raised in a Muslim family with conservative values, Syed says that he also enjoyed the life of a typical American teenager; many young people feel that tension between the pull of their parents and the temptation of their friends, and a Muslim Pakistani teenager is no different. In one letter, he says, "I'll be honest, I hate hearing/reading that portion of my adolescence being described as a 'double life.'" He also describes how, as a prisoner, he feels emotionally burdened by the assumption that he is guilty, and his compulsion to act in ways that don't evoke further suspicion. Ironically, he writes that his fellow prisoners know him better than anyone, and he is grateful for their trust in him: "The people in here know I am not a liar or manipulative because they have been around me for almost 17 years, and I have never exhibited those characteristics." Adnan Syed, who was granted a new trial this summer, will have a chance to make that case in court in the days ahead.