Who is the protagonist in "Tears of a Tiger" and what motivates them?

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In the book Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper, the protagonist is a teenager named Andy Jackson. He is the main character, and the character who struggles after a car wreck kills his good friend, Robbie. Throughout the book Andy's emotions change from those of a normal teenager whose life revolves around basketball to a moody, brooding teenager who is attempting to come to grips with the death of his friend. The most difficult part is that he caused the accident that killed Robbie while drinking and driving. Dr. Carrothers, a psychologist, works with Andy in an attempt to sort through his feelings following the accident, but Andy is unable to deal with his friend’s death and in turn he pays the final price. After a classroom discussion of Shakespeare’s Macbeth leaves him unable to live with his guilt he commits suicide.