On The Road by Jack Kerouac
I picked up a copy of this book because it is considered essential reading for the beat culture and I wanted to understand the beatniks a little more. I did not like this book. I wanted to slap most of the characters and kick the main character in the butt for being a lay-about. I always had this notion of beatniks being artists and jazz musicians, but this book shattered that image. I wasn't able to finish the entire book. I just couldn't get past how ridiculous I felt Kerouac to be.