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Again, this is a book that tells about dream. After his first novel “5 cm.” that was featuring mountain climbing, this time Donny Dhirgantoro used badminton as the vessel of the story.

The title of the book is “2”, which represent how everything is created two times. First in your imagination and then in reality.

The main character named Gusni Annisa Puspita. Her dream is to become a badminton athlete, win championships and make her parents happy. That is not easy to realized, especially with her condition. A genetic disease make it almost impossible for her to reach her dream but at the same time give her more reason to keep going. This is her fight to win, for herself, her family, and her country.

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Just like before, Donny shows the love for Indonesia in his novel. Through badminton, a sport that has its own place and history in the heart of Indonesian, he grows the spirit of fighting for your dream, in the name of Indonesia. He shows how sport, in this case badminton, could bring the whole country together. That when an athlete wins, it also means the victory of the country. And Indonesia, should never loses hope of itself.

The story is likable. I like how it describes the struggle of every role in the story. How love gives strength and courage to each and all of the character to face anything they have to face, to never give up, to protect and support people they love, to fulfill their responsibilities and accomplish their missions. As parents to their children, children to their parents, as friends, best friends, sisters, lovers, and of course Indonesian.

I think it could use a good editor though. First, for a better use of punctuation mark. There are also some inconsistency in some facts of the story, like for example about Gusni’s weight that said stays at 125 kg, while at one point of the story were 130 kg. I found few confusing sentences or that could be better rephrased and would rather cut some paragraphs that contains too much of what might be intended to be motivational or inspirational statements.

I found those things pretty annoying, but I’m  glad that I decided to give it a chance and finished the entire novel for it gave me a quick reminder to believe in my dreams and work harder to achieve them.

One quote I love from the novel is:

“Jangan pernah meremehkan kekuatan seorang manusia, karena Tuhan sedikitpun tidak pernah!”

(Do not ever underestimate the power of a human being, because God Himself never does, not even a little)

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