Title: Swallowing Colors
Author: Brayden Maggart
Genre: Contemporary YA/NA
Release Date: October 10, 2015
Seventeen-year-old Analia struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stemming from a long childhood of abuse and trying to cope with her brother, Cloud’s, suicide while still continuing to manage life with a neglectful, addicted mother.
Without guidance, Analia and her brother, August, experience the hardships of adolescence and the joys of first love as they learn life’s hardest lessons. Together, they figure out how it’s possible that the world is both beautiful and ugly at the same time as the two come to form a unit we know as life.
Brayden Maggart writes about the human experience and aims to bring perspective to the literary world through diverse and uncensored characters. Maggart does not stick to one specific genre and uses writing as a way to talk about important issues. Though her writing is dark, it’s generally not the kind of dark that includes mythological monsters but the kind that deals with the real horrors that happen to ordinary people who don’t deserve it and explores healthy and unhealthy coping mechanisms.