Zinoman's review focuses on Braidie as "average," her situation as "familiar," and the play as confirming "the growing consensus in popular culture that 'sugar-and-spice and everything nice' might have been overstating the case." While the review suggests that "we" can easily slip into a position of identification with Braidie--like The Beckoners' Zoe and Syreeta, a secondary "character" who gets a lot of attention from Godfrey--MacLeod's bullied girl, Sophie, is seen as "innocent and awkward." While also describing the bullied girl--April/Dog--in The Beckoners, these terms do not adequately--to return to Chakkalakal--describe Virk--even if "we" might like them to.
Carrie Mac's award-winning young adult novel The Beckoners has been published in France and was optioned for film by Slanted Wheel Entertainment (Toronto).
(11) The Beckoners are fairly diverse, but Zoe's description of each character is stock: Beck--"stocky, about Zoe's age, short auburn hair stuck up all over the place on purpose, olive green cargo pants, black tank top, a cigarette pinched between her first and second fingers like a joint" (Mac 14); Jazz (Jasvinder) "a tiny South Asian Girl with hair down to her bum" (ibid.
In her review of The Beckoners, Joan Marshall (2004) observes that "there are Zoes in every high school in Canada." She then asks: "Why is it that some students have V for 'victim' engraved on their foreheads?" (2).