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A wild, hilarious guide to life from the hosts of the hit late-night show Desus & Mero and the #1 podcast Bodega Boys Desus & Mero have turned their Bronx-born friendship into a growing brand. And it's no surprise--tuning in to them is like listening to the funniest, smartest people you know dissect a topic and then light it on fire. Now they've written the most entertainin A wild, hilarious guide to life from the hosts of the hit late-night show Desus & Mero and the #1 podcast Bodega Boys Desus & Mero have turned their Bronx-born friendship into a growing brand. And it's no surprise--tuning in to them is like listening to the funniest, smartest people you know dissect a topic and then light it on fire. Now they've written the most entertaining guide to life you'll ever read, in which all the important questions are asked: How do I talk to my kids about drugs if I do them too? How do I bet on sports? How should I behave in jail? How much is too much to spend on sneakers? Is porn really that bad for me? The pair met in high school, and as they put it: "We want to share all we've learned, after years in the Bronx streets, with you: the people. So with a lifetime spent building up a plethora of information from trials and tribulations and a handful of misdemeanors, we decided to write this book--a sequel to the Bible, or maybe to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, depending on how big a nerd you are. Let this book be your North Star."


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A wild, hilarious guide to life from the hosts of the hit late-night show Desus & Mero and the #1 podcast Bodega Boys Desus & Mero have turned their Bronx-born friendship into a growing brand. And it's no surprise--tuning in to them is like listening to the funniest, smartest people you know dissect a topic and then light it on fire. Now they've written the most entertainin A wild, hilarious guide to life from the hosts of the hit late-night show Desus & Mero and the #1 podcast Bodega Boys Desus & Mero have turned their Bronx-born friendship into a growing brand. And it's no surprise--tuning in to them is like listening to the funniest, smartest people you know dissect a topic and then light it on fire. Now they've written the most entertaining guide to life you'll ever read, in which all the important questions are asked: How do I talk to my kids about drugs if I do them too? How do I bet on sports? How should I behave in jail? How much is too much to spend on sneakers? Is porn really that bad for me? The pair met in high school, and as they put it: "We want to share all we've learned, after years in the Bronx streets, with you: the people. So with a lifetime spent building up a plethora of information from trials and tribulations and a handful of misdemeanors, we decided to write this book--a sequel to the Bible, or maybe to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, depending on how big a nerd you are. Let this book be your North Star."

30 review for God-Level Knowledge Darts: Life Lessons from the Bronx

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    Not the typical book the Goodreads community flocks to, but Desus & Mero are becoming more and more mainstream as time goes on. I guess until they get all the way there though: Trying to locate the Bodega Hive on Goodreads... After this point I’ll just assume whoever is visiting this book’s Goodreads page is already familiar with the comedy duo Desus & Mero, so I won’t spend time explaining either of them or their unique communication style. I’m reading from an eARC I received pre-quarantine, so I Not the typical book the Goodreads community flocks to, but Desus & Mero are becoming more and more mainstream as time goes on. I guess until they get all the way there though: Trying to locate the Bodega Hive on Goodreads... After this point I’ll just assume whoever is visiting this book’s Goodreads page is already familiar with the comedy duo Desus & Mero, so I won’t spend time explaining either of them or their unique communication style. I’m reading from an eARC I received pre-quarantine, so I can’t speak to the finished print copies, but Mero’s portions of the book are written ENTIRELY WITH CAPS-LOCK ON, just like his tweets. Desus uses normal syntax, but the font was actually significantly larger than the standard size. Perhaps the editor wanted their words to be more visually distinguishable? I’m not sure. The book isn’t that long, with nine chapters plus a preface and introduction. The topics covered include things from drugs to relationships to toxic masculinity, and whatever else pops into either of their heads; there’s really no set rubric here. And if there was ever any doubt: this book is written 100% by Desus & Mero. I don’t know if I’ve ever read a nonfiction book written more thoroughly in the authors’ voices. I will say if you’ve never seen their show before, it might be a little jarring at first, but that’s all part of their charm. The tone of God-Level Knowledge Darts is similar to a podcast, where each take turns, sometimes interrupting one another, discussing a general topic. I haven’t listened to the Bodega Boys podcast, but it feels very off the cuff. Mero is frequently high while writing (something he brings up multiple times), but that doesn’t take away from the conversation the two of them are having; it only enhances it. I kind of wish I had an audiobook copy narrated by the authors instead, but this was still an enjoyable read for me to take a break from some heavier ones. If you’re a fan of theirs, you’ll be a fan of this book too. If you’re not, maybe check out clips from their Showtime show on YouTube and see for yourself. I’ll leave y’all with this quote from Dark Desus himself: “So take that final breath, laugh a muffled, choking laugh, and as you pass out, let your final words be, ‘The brand is brolic.’” *Thanks to Random House & Netgalley for an advance copy!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Living My Best Book Life

    God-Level Knowledge Darts is hilarious, witty, and makes the Bodega Hive proud. I swear Desus and Mero be wildin' with this book. Each chapter is equally unique with Desus and Mero going back and forth on their views on topics like relationships, drugs, crime, and sports. If you are a fan of the entertaining and daring duo, you must read this book. One of my favorite things about the book is that it reads as a regular conversation between the two. They are so down to earth and ballsy. They give r God-Level Knowledge Darts is hilarious, witty, and makes the Bodega Hive proud. I swear Desus and Mero be wildin' with this book. Each chapter is equally unique with Desus and Mero going back and forth on their views on topics like relationships, drugs, crime, and sports. If you are a fan of the entertaining and daring duo, you must read this book. One of my favorite things about the book is that it reads as a regular conversation between the two. They are so down to earth and ballsy. They give real advice no matter how crazy it may be. Be prepared to read in some CAPS TEXT because Mero is all about that life. I give God-Level Knowledge Darts 5 stars. It's comical, entertaining, fresh, all while staying true to themselves. The Bodega Hive will eat this up no doubt!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    Are you a Desus OR ARE YOU A MERO? Have you had 5,000 jobs? DID YOU ONCE FALL OUT OF A CAR WHILE ON HALLUCINOGENS? Do your aunties try to make you feel bad for not having kids? HAVE YOU EVER SOLD A GRIP OF CREST WHITE STRIPS YOU BOOSTED TO THE CORNER STORE? Are you a Carrie? ARE YOU HIGH RIGHT NOW? Do you ever get nervous?

  4. 4 out of 5

    chantel nouseforaname

    The brand is STRONGGGGG. God-Level Knowledge Darts: Life Lessons from the Bronx made me fall out my seat laughing more than once. Yo DESUS and Mero have always reminded me of my best friends and older brother. I started reading this book and then recognized that yo it was gonna be wild hard to read because half of it is in caps to represent Mero who's use of 'My Guy' reminds me so much of my own dad and brother it's ridiculous and Desus and his Jamaican/Caribbean parents jokes, yooooo as a desce The brand is STRONGGGGG. God-Level Knowledge Darts: Life Lessons from the Bronx made me fall out my seat laughing more than once. Yo DESUS and Mero have always reminded me of my best friends and older brother. I started reading this book and then recognized that yo it was gonna be wild hard to read because half of it is in caps to represent Mero who's use of 'My Guy' reminds me so much of my own dad and brother it's ridiculous and Desus and his Jamaican/Caribbean parents jokes, yooooo as a descendent I was dying. Especially when he said "do you have xyz money" in his mom's voice. I fell out. Somewhere in the first chapter I switched from reading this to inject the audiobook into my earholes and I don't regret it, not one bit. The guys are giving you that full Bodega Boys flavour, meandering thoughts, hilarious commentary and all. I enjoyed the jock-type conversations around sports and drugs. However, I actually thought they were pretty insightful in terms of the dating information and their promotion of not being a fucking weirdo/creep to women. They talked about the importance of deading toxic masculinity and not being one of those dudes who gets shot or ends up doing 10-20 years because someone called them a "pussy". That's important advice. They really amplified the fact that people should read more and educate themselves more because they're right - you can never know something until you know it. Like for example, hood niggas and rural mans don't see/know/understand certain shit sometimes because they've never been exposed to certain terms in their daily life. Now there's no excuse in these times for being a bigot, or not trying to learn/understand some shit because we all have google... but in reality sometimes you don't know certain things until you know it and we all have to try to keep up with the times and be inclusive. I loved that about this book. That they took it upon themselves to share that knowledge with the hive. It's funny because this book is definitely geared towards men, in my opinion. You know that they were talking to their male audience, but as a woman I still enjoyed the comedy and found it interesting. I didn't realize how much I loved hearing Mero talk about his kids and the type of washed life he enjoys with his wife as an elder millennial - joke is, he's not even an elder millennial because he's like 35. Sidebar: I def thought the dude kicked 40 in the head already but you learn something new everyday. I relate to Desus' issues with committing to anything but work, and he totally fuckboy'd out at some points which he doesn't hide and I also found relatable and understandable. This book definitely made me want some edibles. It also made me wanna call my brother and say what's up. All in all, this was a hilarious read. The audiobook made it THAT much better. You get the full brolic effect to immerse yourself in. Pick it up.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Traci at The Stacks

    This book is hella funny. I legit laughed out loud. The Bodega Boys are so smart and understand their audience and brand so well. I’m not wild about these types of books because the get redundant. It’s very good for what it is.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pete

    definitely like 50% mailed-in cash grab, probably 50% written by staff, 100% do not care, the brand is infinity brolic. mero has a few legitimately profound mini-sermons about tolerance, why having dogs in an apartment is borderline animal cruelty, parenting

  7. 4 out of 5

    candice

    As a longtime Bodega Hive loyalist, it has been such a fun ride to see the come up from Twitter and the OG podcast to MTV then Viceland and selling out live shows and now Showtime and a big time book. God-Level Knowledge Darts might be the closest I ever get to a VIP hang with Desus & Mero (though I hope not. post-pandemic, midtown, come thru), and that's saying a lot for guys who make the Apollo feel like your homie's living room. It's everything you expect from their usual dynamic, the perfect As a longtime Bodega Hive loyalist, it has been such a fun ride to see the come up from Twitter and the OG podcast to MTV then Viceland and selling out live shows and now Showtime and a big time book. God-Level Knowledge Darts might be the closest I ever get to a VIP hang with Desus & Mero (though I hope not. post-pandemic, midtown, come thru), and that's saying a lot for guys who make the Apollo feel like your homie's living room. It's everything you expect from their usual dynamic, the perfect two-hander that reads as a mix between the raunchiest 4am subway convos you've ever overheard/participated in and a digital era duologue by our fave succio Shakespeares. The titular mention of the Bronx is not just a throwaway; the stories in the book are as much about the city that made them as about the guys themselves, and I know the brand is strong worldwide, but there's something that just hits different about reading them as a New Yorker. Here Mero & Desus claim their rightful thrones as two elder millennials dispensing life advice— while acknowledging all the ways their advice is actually hella problematic. The book is as hilarious, sharp, and packed full of pop culture references as everything they do but also a little more intimate and self-reflective than anything else I've heard from them. On top of their usual candor about the experience of trying to exist while black, they address emotional health and toxic masculinity, the perils of ethical consumption (esp when you suddenly got mad cash), and punching down in comedy. Don't worry, Mero still talks plenty about butts and the eating thereof. God-Level Knowledge Darts is the Bodega Boys greatest hits plus some deep cuts and a few new ones you haven't heard before but you'll for real love 'em. IYKYK, and this book is for you, and if you've never heard of Desus & Mero before (you just came out of a three-year coma), I can't think of a better place to start.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    This was truly a great book. I've seen a few of Desus and Mero shows and have always found them smart, funny, and interesting. God Level Knowledge Darts definitely didn't disappoint. It really pulled me in and held my attention throughout the book. Each chapter has the authors giving their very unique advice on handling important life situations like relationships, family, growing old to off color topics like drugs and surviving jail. I love how Desus and Mero can successfully mix pure comic sil This was truly a great book. I've seen a few of Desus and Mero shows and have always found them smart, funny, and interesting. God Level Knowledge Darts definitely didn't disappoint. It really pulled me in and held my attention throughout the book. Each chapter has the authors giving their very unique advice on handling important life situations like relationships, family, growing old to off color topics like drugs and surviving jail. I love how Desus and Mero can successfully mix pure comic silliness with real thought provoking social commentary. I can definitely say this is the first book I've ever read with this format which is kind of free form, Desus and Mero switch back and forth and even literally interrupt each other in their writing, but it works so well because it feels like a real conversation. There were several instances where I literally laughed out loud but also times where I was really moved by how insightful the authors were. Mero's statement that "romance is knowing each other and knowing how to make sacrifices to support each other when necessary," is so simple yet so brilliant. There are tons of great jokes but also real moments of insight when talking about things like rape culture (Mero's declaration that "an unsolicited dick pic is violence"), homophobia, the prison industrial complex, and poverty. They addressed hard hitting topics like food insecurity with comedic flair inside chapters with titles like "Survival of the Brokest." The concept of this book is truly original and it was very well executed. I didn't want to put the book down and got some very odd looks when I couldn't contain my laughter in public places. Overall this was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more from Desus and Mero in the future.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paula D

    I laughed my ass off and did not want it to end. You can hear Desus & MERO in your head as you read, with darts on darts on on darts on every page. Witty, observant, and sharp as hell. No one can weave the wild spread of the zeitgeist together like these two and distill it into advice at the same time. The Brand is forever strong. I laughed my ass off and did not want it to end. You can hear Desus & MERO in your head as you read, with darts on darts on on darts on every page. Witty, observant, and sharp as hell. No one can weave the wild spread of the zeitgeist together like these two and distill it into advice at the same time. The Brand is forever strong.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Monica N

    Yerrrr!!! Shout outs to the Bodega Hive!! I feel privileged to be one of the first to read an advanced copy of the literary art! I found myself laughing, out loud even... I found myself contemplating applying some of the problematic advice to my life... All jokes aside, I love how candid Mero is throughout the book, and felt such a genuine vibe that came through in his words. He writes like he talks, and it’s perfect! And of course the not as candid, but ever mysterious... Problematic Bae... sti Yerrrr!!! Shout outs to the Bodega Hive!! I feel privileged to be one of the first to read an advanced copy of the literary art! I found myself laughing, out loud even... I found myself contemplating applying some of the problematic advice to my life... All jokes aside, I love how candid Mero is throughout the book, and felt such a genuine vibe that came through in his words. He writes like he talks, and it’s perfect! And of course the not as candid, but ever mysterious... Problematic Bae... still leaves me intrigued about his multifaceted mind. Desus Nice? Dark Desus? Yes. Both. And I love it. Before I met them at a meet and greet last year, I thought about what I would ask them. Since Showtime fame and money, I was curious if Desus ever copped the Red Octobers, but I failed to ask him. Honesty I was a little starstruck and forgot to ask! (Insert embarrassed face emoji) But, now I know! And I agree, you don’t want another run in with Richie!! This was a fun read, and now I can’t wait for the audiobook!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Abraham Beltran

    COTDAMN AMAZING I FLEW THROUGH THIS BOOK OF GEMS IN A SINGLE EVENING AND FEEL SO INSPIRED LIKE I CAN NOW JUMP OVER A MOUNTAIN. BODEGA HIVE!! WE IN HERE!!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie

    This book should win an Alex award (but wouldn't cause all the rated R content) ... fight me, my guy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mere Vasiti

    Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!! Must read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tristan

    The Brand is Strong! and now they're authors! This is pretty much like reading a transcript of their podcast or Showtime show. Always amazing in whatever medium they decide to conquer. Lots of laughs that are always needed these days.

  15. 5 out of 5

    AK

    YERRRRRRR I haven't read much in humor and comedy, but I was surprised at how much I actually laughed to myself while reading this. If you're familiar with Mero you know he only ever TWEETS IN ALL CAPS and his writing is no different. I found it to be a clever way to read and hear both Desus and Mero's voices separately in text.

  16. 4 out of 5

    April

    I'm a big Desus & Mero fan (I watch their show every Sunday/Thursday AND the extended cuts on YouTube). This book was definitely funny but it was a bit forgettable. I liked the parts of the book that were anecdotes from their earlier lives, but I think generally that if you're only in your late 30s (like they are), I am skeptical of your credibility to give sound life advice. By the way, I went to their New England virtual book tour and had a blast (it was essentially 200+ of us Zooming with them I'm a big Desus & Mero fan (I watch their show every Sunday/Thursday AND the extended cuts on YouTube). This book was definitely funny but it was a bit forgettable. I liked the parts of the book that were anecdotes from their earlier lives, but I think generally that if you're only in your late 30s (like they are), I am skeptical of your credibility to give sound life advice. By the way, I went to their New England virtual book tour and had a blast (it was essentially 200+ of us Zooming with them; Mero talked about waking up early that day to go apple picking with his family, very cute). Love these guys!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nick M

    WARNING: PRETENTIOUS DIGRESSIVE GASBAG REVIEW. the greatest entertainment is art but entertainment by itself is mostly not. i don’t know exactly how the shit works but it’s true. high-faluting people were always saying cinema is stupid since it began, kind of like how i feel about marvel movies now. but you had buster keaton out there wildin’ swinging shit around on a rope in a cavalcade of everchanging prisoners and cops. the intellectual play in sequences like that is off the charts, and it wo WARNING: PRETENTIOUS DIGRESSIVE GASBAG REVIEW. the greatest entertainment is art but entertainment by itself is mostly not. i don’t know exactly how the shit works but it’s true. high-faluting people were always saying cinema is stupid since it began, kind of like how i feel about marvel movies now. but you had buster keaton out there wildin’ swinging shit around on a rope in a cavalcade of everchanging prisoners and cops. the intellectual play in sequences like that is off the charts, and it would still bring joy and food for thought to people today if it was on netflix or stan or w/e. part of me just reads books by dead white assholes and it’s not the most active adventurous life. my existence is one long existential crisis punctuated by states of trance-like sedentary absorption. why am i reading this 500 page chunk of grey matter by theodore dreiser or whoever the fuck? is that really any better than taking down 23 Marvel movies with cheetos on deckington? am i a walking corpse or worse a dusty pedant? so much of the canon is moth-balled white men being pointedly miserable or worse talking down about women they want to fuck while teaching on campus or holidaying in somewhere exotic enough to sustain their male gaze. or it’s needlessly obscure games with language teehee notice that anagram within an anagram?. i have serious questions about all the greats except maybe willy the shake. i tried to read “the silent cry” and it’s the most lugubrious shit i’ve ever clapped eyes on. why devote my ever-precious time to something where everybody’s talking about suicide or gonorrhea or cucumbers up they ass (don’t ask). i tried to escape from art movies because they’re all so fucking fake existentialist but the more i delve into books it’s the same sorta shit but with bonafides. then i realise what difference does it make if shit is genuinely smart but is no fun. too much apollo and no dionysius. no dancing except for zorba. i love the simpsons where mensa takes over and they attempt to make the town a weird parody of plato’s republic. of course philosophers would say the ideal ruler has to be a philosopher king with access to all the women. jfc. nietzsche had the right idea but i never saw him dancing so he’s suspect too. and i want to read more BIPOC authors, and i will, but the fact is many of them are marketed with barbed wire and/or floral patterns on the covers and are often solely about the legacy of trauma. why can’t there be books like “coming to america” or “belly” or idk “black orpheus”? why does it often have to be intergenerational portraits of families and discussions of what it means to be an immigrant? why’s it often got to smack of ivy league or MFA? why do i feel there are bourgeois whitey lindas jacking off to the sadness those pages contain, and guiding the author’s hands on how sad it has to be? i call it the “tracy chapman effect” or “fast car vibes”. why can’t you do that same shit but in an immature and funny fashion? i’m not even talking about the books themselves which i’m sure are uniformly good or great i’m talking about the blurbs even. “but you idiot what about “the sellout” or “the good lord bird” or whathaveyou?” i know i’m a fuckin’ idiot. i just don’t want my life to be spent in mature contemplation of sorrows i can’t even imagine. desus and mero are a rare breed in that they’re “working class”, they’re fucking funny and they’ve stayed true to their roots, the brand is strong BX all day ju heardddd. when you get them with their native new yorkers in interviews it’s a rare chemistry that late night almost never has. i think one of the things that make them special is they both read!! and they studied lit in college!! what a vibrant use of language and humour tho!! completely dionysian. jesus what a preface i am a fucking GASBAG. but there it is. i would go so far as to say that if there were more books like this rather than the rachel cuskers (no disrespect) - literary fiction could actually be a force in the world like netflix! it could actually be woven into the fabric of people’s lives again, not just the upper middle class, like genre fiction is to an extent. as for the content of the book, something i was struck by is that it holds up as book on it’s own. it’s not for the kitsch humour section of dymocks like idk daily show team-written faux-onion soullessness. neither is it just an endless stream of non-sequitur gags like woody allen or charlie kaufman. it’s actually literary. i’m maybe the only person who’d class it as properly literary fiction. Mero is the wild high digression king, less snarky and angry than his blog days because he has to be, while Desus is more concise and matter-of-fact and less off-the-wall than his podcast persona. and most of the advice is actually genuinely helpful for a broke loser like me. this is my 12 rules for life and i will fight anyone on that. they joke about how they’re just shooting the / talking shit but I’m like “no... no this is finally someone telling me to clean my room” and it’s all the more important because they’re doing so playfully. something i was struck by is how vulnerable the shit is too, like Dark Desus talking about the fate of being single or balding or going through pets dying or the semi-origin story behind his obsession with shoes (he got bullied on the school bus after stretching out a budget pair of one-size-too-small jordans to try and fit in). like there’s a real poignancy here inbetween the dick jokes and it’s really seamlessly done. And it’s mostly Desus who brings it tbh. I feel like Mero has pretty much everything he wants in life and could turn into a Dominican Jay Leno with tons of toy cars and I kinda wish I heard from Desus even more. Mero is kind of like the carefree party guy extrovert and Desus the more thoughtful depressive introvert, I don’t know how to chop that shit up in MBTI or enneagram, maybe Mero is an 8 and Mero is a 4 or something. You don’t get the joyful building upon riffs that their podcast has but you get something different. Showtime is telling me to wrap this shit up but if I had a bodega sign all lit up in CGI neon I would want it to read “Thanks for Making this Washed Herb Feel a Part of Something, No Matter How Small. The Brand is Graphene” and then I merk myself with OD dills hanging out and a noose and plastic bag over my head. Yerrrrrrrr

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This was a goodreads win! Glad I did, absolutely hilarious!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angelica LeMinh

    The brand is strong. One of the best chances I ever took was years ago, choosing The Bodega Boys 11:30 live show at JFL42, on a whim. Whoo! What a ride that was-I had no idea what I was walking into, but I was hooked. It was some time after that I fell in love with them on Vice, and for a time, they were the only reason that I was using Facebook, because that is where I would be able to watch their clips. Some time after that, I figured out that Desus Nice has been following me on Twitter since w The brand is strong. One of the best chances I ever took was years ago, choosing The Bodega Boys 11:30 live show at JFL42, on a whim. Whoo! What a ride that was-I had no idea what I was walking into, but I was hooked. It was some time after that I fell in love with them on Vice, and for a time, they were the only reason that I was using Facebook, because that is where I would be able to watch their clips. Some time after that, I figured out that Desus Nice has been following me on Twitter since way before I even saw them live (absolute humble brag). IG is the way that I see them now, or when I am pet-sitting and have access to Showtime. So of course I had to get this book! And obvi, I stayed subscribed to the podcast. I love that I can hear their voices in the writing of this, with so much time now spent listening to their irresistible banter. It's also perfect that Mero is in ALL CAPS, and really helps delineating who is talking. IF YOU WANT TO GET GUNS UNDER CONTROL IN THIS COUNTRY, SHOOT UP A KENNEL. DON'T SHOOT A SINGLE HUMAN. MATTER OF FACT, CLEAR OUT ALL HUMANS AND THEN JUST GO HAMMER AND CLAP EVERY DOG AND CAT IN THERE. SHOOT UP A BUILDING FULL OF ABANDONED GOLDEN RETRIEVERS AND WATCH HOW FAST THE UNITED STATES OF TRUMPISTAN TURNS INTO WHATEVER COUNTRY IT IS WHERE GUNS ARE COMPLETELY ILLEGAL." (78) I mean, facts. My takeaway here is all about dogs. I should've known from the Twitter avatar, or how he lists "does not pet dogs when given the opportunity" as a reason not to date someone, but Desus really loves dogs, and that means that I super love him (one of the reasons, really). "...What if you have a dog and you die and that dog goes on to live with someone else and then they are driving and both the new owner and the dog die. The dog sees you at the pearly gates. Who does the dog spend eternity with? Also, are any dogs in heaven, let all dogs? Are cats in heaven? Do they have a separate heaven? Wouldn't a heaven full of dogs be hell for cats? What if there are really bad cats, like if Hitler's girlfriend had a cat? It would deserve to be in a bad place, I guess? But that place is dog heaven? Did Jesus pet any dogs while on earth and are they in heaven but wild, old, and homeless? So many questions." (196) Literally to the end. But he doesn't thank Mac anywhere in the dedication or the acknowledgement, kind of like how Mero only has pictures of 3/4 of his children on the Zoom screen. A mystery for the Hive if ever I had one...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Geric

    For those familiar with this crazy duo, you probably have watched or listened to their material on Vice, Showtime or their podcast. You know that their material is crazy hilarious and you don't even have to be in the know to understand their stuff. Their delivery is on point! Which brings us to their new book. For me, it just didn't do them enough justice. I found it pretty hard to read at multiple points of the book. Personally, the book could be better adapted as something you can watch or list For those familiar with this crazy duo, you probably have watched or listened to their material on Vice, Showtime or their podcast. You know that their material is crazy hilarious and you don't even have to be in the know to understand their stuff. Their delivery is on point! Which brings us to their new book. For me, it just didn't do them enough justice. I found it pretty hard to read at multiple points of the book. Personally, the book could be better adapted as something you can watch or listen to. It was basically a 197-page stream of consciousness. Now this is not a knock on the guys, because they are freaking hilarious. Just that the book would have been better off with audio. The first chapter, I REALLY got into. And good thing because the rest of the book starts to become a bit bland and repetitive. Which says a lot about Desus & Mero because on TV or radio, they always seem to adapt to the situation and are able to pull a funny line at the most opportune moments. The book is neatly divided into chapters, and each one delves into a different subject, whether it be whimsical or concrete. You can tell which guy is narrating. Desus is in lower-case (and seemingly has better command of the English language) while you can tell that Kid Mero is on something good. The good-good? Either way, they play off each other, hence me saying that this feels like a constant stream of consciousness. At the end of the day, it was funny, but I think maybe if this book was set up as something to listen/watch to, would have been more relevant.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Dear Random House and #NetGalley, thank you for an ARC of the literary art! As a member of the BodegaHive, #GodLevelKnowledgeDarts did not disappoint. Desus and Mero were just as hilarious, witty, and entertaining in a literary format as they are on their illustrious podcast and tv show. I also really enjoyed the style of their writing and flow as I think it authentically depicted who I know each of them to be. I have many quotes highlighted that I genuinely BOL'd at. One of my favorite being (v Dear Random House and #NetGalley, thank you for an ARC of the literary art! As a member of the BodegaHive, #GodLevelKnowledgeDarts did not disappoint. Desus and Mero were just as hilarious, witty, and entertaining in a literary format as they are on their illustrious podcast and tv show. I also really enjoyed the style of their writing and flow as I think it authentically depicted who I know each of them to be. I have many quotes highlighted that I genuinely BOL'd at. One of my favorite being (view spoiler)[when Desus talked about being washed and the unfortunate reality of a fading hairline, "do you make a scene about dress codes being racist?" (hide spoiler)] Thank you Desus and Mero for the new art in book form. These life lessons from the Bronx were appreciated and once the book is in stores I will buy a physical copy so it can sit on my bookshelf, next to the framed Desus and Mero metrocard. Ah Ah Ah, BX All Day <3.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Simone

    I kept saying to myself throughout this book, "I should NOT be laughing". And yet I was howling. Mero writes his sections ALL IN CAPS which was REALLY annoying. But I read it all. The first section/chapter (?) was all about drugs - and at the very least, Mero was HIGH AF (as he was throughout the entire book and is on every podcast and I am a diehard fan so it's safe to say I don't care/it doesn't faze me). It was a bit weird, though, and I was like, "Do I like this? Is this weird? I'm laughing. I kept saying to myself throughout this book, "I should NOT be laughing". And yet I was howling. Mero writes his sections ALL IN CAPS which was REALLY annoying. But I read it all. The first section/chapter (?) was all about drugs - and at the very least, Mero was HIGH AF (as he was throughout the entire book and is on every podcast and I am a diehard fan so it's safe to say I don't care/it doesn't faze me). It was a bit weird, though, and I was like, "Do I like this? Is this weird? I'm laughing. Should I be laughing?" I was also lighting candles and saying like 10 Hail Mary's and the Lord's Prayer, because I'm worried Mero is going to be having MULTIPLE Child Services' visits... Summary: I think I should be ashamed to say I liked the book. But laughter assuaged my guilt and I don't give AF.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dan Gibson

    I am straight up afraid of the Hive for putting anything but five stars, but yeah, of all the multimedia formats, this one isn't my favorite for Desus & Mero. There are definitely some laugh-out-loud moments in these pages, but I think the guys are a little better riffing on current events and videos of kangaroos punching people (classic) than trying to be more evergreen, maybe? It's definitely a fun, quick read, but by the end reading Mero's ALL CAPS sections (to keep the back-and-forth rhythm I am straight up afraid of the Hive for putting anything but five stars, but yeah, of all the multimedia formats, this one isn't my favorite for Desus & Mero. There are definitely some laugh-out-loud moments in these pages, but I think the guys are a little better riffing on current events and videos of kangaroos punching people (classic) than trying to be more evergreen, maybe? It's definitely a fun, quick read, but by the end reading Mero's ALL CAPS sections (to keep the back-and-forth rhythm that you'd expect, Desus writes in mixed case and Mero is shouting at you the whole time) wore me out - would it have hurt to do bold? Counterpoint: I did get the solid advice on being washed that I probably needed, so...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jazz

    My favorite thing about Desus and Mero is that they are unapologetically New York and were both raised by Caribbean parents. Mero using words like “dique” and “BONG” speaks to my soul. The fact that they wrote a book that shows how they currently navigate or navigated the world before becoming wealthy, can legit help some people in life. It’s not a book on their rise to stardom, which I appreciate. That shows some humility, even if that wasn’t their intention. And if you don’t get all that out o My favorite thing about Desus and Mero is that they are unapologetically New York and were both raised by Caribbean parents. Mero using words like “dique” and “BONG” speaks to my soul. The fact that they wrote a book that shows how they currently navigate or navigated the world before becoming wealthy, can legit help some people in life. It’s not a book on their rise to stardom, which I appreciate. That shows some humility, even if that wasn’t their intention. And if you don’t get all that out of this book, it’s still funny and super charming. Also, shoutout to Mero’s wife for writing a little bit in here too. If you don’t watch their show on Showtime (Desus & Mero) or listen to their podcast (The Bodega Boys), go do that. The brand is strong! 💪🏼

  25. 4 out of 5

    Adam James

    The Book Mero featuring Desus (Kind Of) Off the top, how many lawyers did Mero consult before having this published? How do you lowkey Tekashi yourself? If Joel is ever brought to court for literally anything, his case won't be any easier with the prosecution hurling his own brazen ass stories at him IN ALL CAPS. Yikes. Besides possible self-incrimination, this is clearly Mero's book. Our guy is somehow younger than Desus but has enough life experiences for 12 more lifetimes. Desus: I cried when t The Book Mero featuring Desus (Kind Of) Off the top, how many lawyers did Mero consult before having this published? How do you lowkey Tekashi yourself? If Joel is ever brought to court for literally anything, his case won't be any easier with the prosecution hurling his own brazen ass stories at him IN ALL CAPS. Yikes. Besides possible self-incrimination, this is clearly Mero's book. Our guy is somehow younger than Desus but has enough life experiences for 12 more lifetimes. Desus: I cried when the Yankees lost in 2004. Mero: BY THE AGE OF 16 I WAS RACKING BOXES OF NORTHFACES AND BABY FOOD, WILDLY SMACKED, PUNCHING MAD 9 YEAROLDS IN THEIR EYEBALLS AND TAKING THEIR BOX CUTTERS SO I COULD ROB THEIR PARENTS. That being said, the brand is resplendent.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    if you're not immersed in the bodega boys multiplatform universe, then it would be mistake to dive into this book because there are so many things that'll go over your head and also, it you gotta vibe with desus and mero's humor going in. a naive reader would dive in and probably be aghast at mero's ALL CAPS TYPING, whereas a veteran hive member doesn't blink at it. and that's entry level. on the sucio spectrum, i would place this as a mild version of the podcast and it's why i would also say th if you're not immersed in the bodega boys multiplatform universe, then it would be mistake to dive into this book because there are so many things that'll go over your head and also, it you gotta vibe with desus and mero's humor going in. a naive reader would dive in and probably be aghast at mero's ALL CAPS TYPING, whereas a veteran hive member doesn't blink at it. and that's entry level. on the sucio spectrum, i would place this as a mild version of the podcast and it's why i would also say that you NEED NEEEED to listen to the audiobook because the adlibs from the boys crack me up and just reading the text misses out on them. s/o to the only problematic straight men i have read this year, glad to use my quota to support them.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sayo

    This book was suggested to me because I enjoyed Ali Wongs books. The first lesson I learned was, if a book (Book B) is sent to you, based on your liking another book (Book A), don't assume "Book B" will be anything like "Book A" I caught onto this one pretty quick, and once I got over my initial "What is this" I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have never heard of these authors, so I really did not know what I was getting into (Hence the "What is this" feeling) After reading the first couple of page This book was suggested to me because I enjoyed Ali Wongs books. The first lesson I learned was, if a book (Book B) is sent to you, based on your liking another book (Book A), don't assume "Book B" will be anything like "Book A" I caught onto this one pretty quick, and once I got over my initial "What is this" I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have never heard of these authors, so I really did not know what I was getting into (Hence the "What is this" feeling) After reading the first couple of pages, I assumed this would be straight nonsense, but get ready for some insight and relate-ability in almost every chapter Enjoyable and funny,

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Cruz

    A great book. I love how Desus and Mero can successfully mix pure comic silliness with real thought provoking social commentary.There are tons of great jokes but also real moments of insight when talking about things like rape culture , homophobia, the prison industrial complex, and poverty. They addressed hard hitting topics like food insecurity with comedic flair inside chapters with titles like "Survival of the Brokest." The concept of this book is truly original and it was very well executed A great book. I love how Desus and Mero can successfully mix pure comic silliness with real thought provoking social commentary.There are tons of great jokes but also real moments of insight when talking about things like rape culture , homophobia, the prison industrial complex, and poverty. They addressed hard hitting topics like food insecurity with comedic flair inside chapters with titles like "Survival of the Brokest." The concept of this book is truly original and it was very well executed. I didn't want to put the book down and got some very odd looks when I couldn't contain my laughter in public places. Overall great!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    If you, like me, have never listened to Desus and Mero, this entertaining book will send you to seek them out. It's a dialogue between two long time buddies who put it all on the table. While they tout that these are life lessons from the Bronx, they're applicable anywhere. I laughed out loud more than once-and I learned a bit along the way. My only quibble is the all-caps sections (I get why it's done that way but...). Thanks to Netgalley for the ARc. Pick this one up for. a fresh perspective.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeremiah Dollins

    Desus & Mero are remarkably talented, observant comics. I first discovered them on their Showtime series and was drawn in by their conversational goofiness, pop culture commentary, and fun interviews with their “illustrious” guests. This book definitely captures the breezy feel of their back-and-forth style, but it feels more self-involved than their usual schtick. Mero’s obsession with constantly telling us how high he is gets a bit repetitive. However, every chapter has something that brings t Desus & Mero are remarkably talented, observant comics. I first discovered them on their Showtime series and was drawn in by their conversational goofiness, pop culture commentary, and fun interviews with their “illustrious” guests. This book definitely captures the breezy feel of their back-and-forth style, but it feels more self-involved than their usual schtick. Mero’s obsession with constantly telling us how high he is gets a bit repetitive. However, every chapter has something that brings the laughs. It’s always a good time hanging with these two.

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