Hey all. Alright well for my book I have two protagonists, one of which has already become totally 3-d and somebody that the reader will really cheer for. He's a good hero. However, my other protagonist/POV character, Jay, is in need of some work. He drives the story but he is not likeable, which is a big problem. He is 17, captain of the school hockey team, and in with the 'popular' crowd. His father coaches the team, and he is abusive to Jay. He isn't abusive physically, but rather emotionally. He has this obsession with Jay making the NHL some day, and makes him practice an insane amount. If Jay does poorly, his dad takes him out and makes him do wind sprints until he can't stand up anymore. If he does well, it still isn't good enough. His dad drinks a lot on top of that. Jay's mother left a few months before the beginning of the story because of the drinking and verbal abuse. Jay has lost a lot of himself in his attempts to please his father and to fit in with the other guys on his team. He is dating a girl he doesn't feel anything for, he parties and gets drunk, and any other spare time he has goes to practicing. As it is, he comes off as a jerk to everyone, trying to be aloof and cool. He sees himself acting the way he does, hates it, but feels he can't change anything. But now, he doesn't come off as heroic. The reader probably would sympathize with everything he has to deal with, but I feel like his cold attitude would make him harder to root for. Not to mention, a lot of the book relies on him and another guy falling for each other, and as it is Jay doesn't seem like the kind of person anyone would really want to be with. I need some help, if anyone has any ideas. I had a hard time covering the whole character here so if I need to tell more about his personality I can. Any ideas on personality traits that would make him more heroic/likeable are really really appreciated.