Author: Rabia Chaudry
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Pages: 410 (Hardcover)
My Rating: 9.5/10
Overview: In 2014, a podcast aired and changed the world forever. Serial, hosted by Sarah Koenig, featured the story of a Baltimore teenager convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. However, Serial didn't tell the whole story... Rabia Chaudry, one of Adnan Syed's most important advocates decided the world needed to hear what Serial had so irresponsibly left out.
I learned so much about her culture during our friendship, and grew an intense appreciation for her background. Even though we grew apart and are no longer friends today, I still respect and love the culture I was exposed to. I believe my friendship with her helped grow my understanding and respect for those of the Islamic faith and Middle Eastern culture. I believe it's this respect and fascination that initially led to an immediate and magnetic pull to Adan's story.
Like most people, I learned about Adnan Syed through Serial. Serial actually opened my eyes to the podcasting world and peaked my interest of true crime and wrongful convictions. After Serial, came Undisclosed, another podcast about Adnan, but this one was co-hosted by Chaudry herself.
While Serial sparked the fire, Undisclosed set the story ablaze.
Adnan's Story is jam-packed with more details, evidence and emotion than Sarah Koenig could have ever imaged. Chaudry writes concisely to ensure a true understanding of all the facts and timelines of the tragic events leading up to and after Hae's death.
I truly enjoyed this book because it made everything mentioned in Undisclosed much easier to comprehend. Some of the legal aspects of Undisclosed would go over my head while listening, but Chaudry describes everything very clearly in her book. You can physically feel Chaudry's passion and intensity through her writing too. I was brought to tears several times throughout the book.
There are also many original documents shown as images throughout the ebook along with direct quotes from interviews and courtroom testimony.
The book has a wider scope than most people might assume too. It's not just about Adnan or Hae, it's about Adnan's family, Rabia and her family, the criminal justice system, and so much more. It's about not settling for injustice and digging deep to discover the truth.
The conclusion of the book is also perfect. Chaudry perfectly sums up everything about the case bringing the story full-circle tied neatly in a beautiful bow.
One of my favorite books by far, well done Rabia!!
***If you wish to continue learning about Adnan's story through audio, you can download the book via Audible. It's even narrated by Rabia too!***
What I didn't: The book was written masterfully, I only wish some of the chapters could have been split into additional, smaller chapters. I find it easier to whip through a book with shorter chapters, but that's just me!