Book Review: Pop Song by Larissa Pham

Updated: Sep 23


What does the journey of falling in and out of love sound like? Larissa Pham’s debut collection, POP SONG: Adventures in Art & Intimacy, offers you deep thoughts and one-liners to carry with you throughout all of your relationships.


Larissa Pham is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn. She has written essays and criticisms for the Paris Review, The Nation, Guernica, Art in America, just to name a few.

In POP SONG, Pham examines the restlessness of your 20’s, struggles with intimacy, and relationships in general, through pop culture references and criticism. This collection is a snapshot of love in the late 2010s and early 2020s, one that we’ll look back on a decade from now with nostalgia.


The writing is empathetic towards its readers, subjects, and the narrator. Readers will find themselves in several of the pieces in this collection. Just how Pham learns about herself through other people, readers will learn about themselves through Pham. POP SONG came out May 4, 2021, and is highly recommended.


This post was possible thanks to an audiobook provided for free by the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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