What if you don't like the protagonist in a book? What if his redeeming features aren't redeeming enough? What if you have trouble sympathizing with his situation because he just seems, well, smarmy?
Do you keep reading?
I understand the desire to write unlikable characters. After all, they exist in the real world and we hear about them and/or meet them every day. There are people we don't respect and people we don't even want to touch. Do we avoid them, or seek as much contact as possible?
I'm reading a book with an MC that fits this description. It is very well written and compelling in its simple narrative. It's also very short, which makes following the somewhat weasly protagonist a less than long journey. But is the story worth the effort?
A story has to be pretty darn good to outlast a weak MC. Have you read a book like this? Have you struggled with an MC who isn't likable, but demands to be written?