One of the most important themes in Every Day by David Levithan is identity. A is unable to fully create their own identity because they don't have a body or a history. When A falls in love and creates a real relationship for the first time, they become increasingly aware...
One of the most important themes in Every Day by David Levithan is identity. A is unable to fully create their own identity because they don't have a body or a history. When A falls in love and creates a real relationship for the first time, they become increasingly aware of how their lack of concrete identity hampers their existence.
A lives each day in a different person's body. Through trial and error, they've learned to make as few changes as possible to the person's life. A picks up context clues and tries to get through each day without alerting people that they've taken control of that person's body during the day. When A meets Rhiannon, the girlfriend of Justin, who A is controlling, A falls in love. When Nathan, a boy A controls, remembers pieces of the experience and calls A a demon, A struggles with the idea that they might be evil.
A major shift in A's personal identity occurs when they realize there are others who control people's bodies -- and that Poole, the other entity A meets is, seemingly, evil. When A finds out that they can stay in one body, it appears that A is going to take the body of an attractive, kind, loved boy who can fulfill what Rhiannon wants. Instead, A leaves that body and moves to a new area so that he won't be tempted to stay in contact with Rhiannon.
A's struggle to define their identity is complicated, because there is nothing real about A, other than the emails that A sends back to their own account. A has no gender. When A is in a female body, A is a female. When A is in a male body, A is a male. A has no specific sexual preference. A is shaped by their experiences, like all people -- but doesn't have the defined identity that comes from living one life. A can't say that they're a son or daughter or boy or girl or anything -- A's identity shifts every day depending on what body A is controlling.
Levithan explores the concept of identity by showcasing A's search for a sense of self through his relationship with Rhiannon. When A ultimately decides it's not right to keep someone else's body and leaves, A is choosing who A wants to be. A is choosing to reject the identity of the demon that was thrust upon them by Nathan throughout the novel. A could choose to possess one person, could choose power, but instead chooses to live by the moral code that A themself created -- and walks away from love.