Last Updated on November 5, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 1408
The Transcendent Power of Love and Friendship
One of the main themes in David Levithan's 2012 young adult fantasy novel Every Day is love, which is why it is often categorized as a romance novel as well. In Every Day, Levithan explores the importance as well as the meaning of love and its ability to break down all barriers. Essentially, the plot revolves around the relationship between A, who is the protagonist and narrator of the story, and their romantic interest, Rhiannon. A is described as a genderless spirit who wakes up in a different body every day. They cannot understand why humans are obsessed with labels and social constructs or why they often fail to accept the fact that everyone is different, as this lack of acceptance limits humans' ability to give and receive love.
What is it about the moment you fall in love? How can such a small measure of time contain such enormity? I suddenly realize why people believe in déjà vu, why people believe they've lived past lives, because there is no way the years I've spent on this earth could possibly encapsulate what I'm feeling. The moment you fall in love feels like it has centuries behind it, generations—all of them rearranging themselves so that this precise, remarkable intersection could happen. In your heart, in your bones, no matter how silly you know it is, you feel that everything has been leading to this, all the secret arrows were pointing here, the universe and time itself crafted this long ago, and you are just now realizing it, you are now just arriving at the place you were always meant to be. (Day 5,994)
After inhabiting the body of typical "bad boy" Jason, A feels an instant connection with his girlfriend, Rhiannon, whom Jason often neglects and treats poorly. A usually tries not to interfere much in the lives of the people whose bodies they inhabit, but after meeting Rhiannon, A does everything they can to be near her and, ultimately, falls in love with her. In this sense, Levithan touches upon the subject of impossible love, as A and Rhiannon gradually realize that no matter what they do, they simply cannot be together. But he also indicates that not being able to be in a relationship doesn't stop A and Rhiannon from loving each other—even after A decides to leave the area, hoping that distance will eventually help them forget one another.
This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be. (Day 6,009)
In a broader sense, Levithan also teaches a very important lesson about love and human nature: everybody needs somebody. All people want to be loved by someone, be it a partner, a family member, a friend, or even a stranger. Humans want to have someone with whom we can share our experiences, thoughts, feelings, and secrets. A, who has been living in a different body day after day for over 6,000 days, yearns for connection and companionship, much like all regular people do; after meeting Rhiannon, A realizes that they want to wake up in one body and stay with it for the rest of their life, just so they can be with the person they love.
If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough. (Day 5,994)
The Complexity of Identity
Aside from being a genderless entity who accepts every race, ethnicity, religion, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, and physical appearance, A is also a nameless being who...
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