10 Reads of Sweet Summer Love

“A life without love is like a year without summer.”  -Swedish Proverb

It’s hard to say precisely how, but summer—with its sunshine, extended days, and slower pace—changes us in some small way. Whether we’re traveling the world or exploring the backyard, the carefree days of summer seem to foment some of the most memorable romances.

Splendid as it is, summer love often ends as quickly as it begins—if it ever manages to get off the ground in the first place—but no matter what, it’s impossible to forget. From surf dens and summer camps, to pools in Thailand and boardwalks in New Jersey, here are ten accounts of that sometimes tragic, sometimes sweet phenomenon: summer love.

I Like You More Than Friends, The Awl

My Platonic SweetheartHarpers

In Which We Endure Days in the SummerThis Recording

The Night that Sex Saved Our LivesMatador Network

What I Didn’t Do on my Summer VacationThis American Life

I Flipped For a SurferLA Times Magazine

Navigating in a Long Distance AffairNew York Times

Tourist SnapshotsDesign Observer

A Love For the Ages, but Which One? New York Times

Suddenly That SummerVanity Fair

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Rosie Spinks

Rosie Spinks is a freelance journalist from California with a degree in Environmental Studies. Her work has been published in publications including Sierra magazine, GOOD magazine, the Ecologist, and the Guardian Environment Network. A passion for travel, running barefoot outdoors, and reconnecting people to what is good dominates most of her thoughts. You can follow her writing on Twitter and Tumblr.