In posting the following list, I do not mean to indicate in any way that Belly Up is actually better than any of the other works. Only that, according to the reviewers on Goodreads, it is:
Belly Up: 4.05 avg rating
Hamlet, by William Shakespeare: 4.00 avg rating
Romeo & Juliet, same author: 3.73
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens: 3.64
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway: 3.78
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen: 4.02
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck: 3.71
Slaughter-House Five, Kurt Vonnegut: 3.88
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne: 3.27
So, the next time your teacher catches you reading Belly Up instead of the book you’re supposed to be reading for class, just let your teacher know that Belly Up is considered a better piece of fiction by the masses.
I’m sure that will go over well.