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British author Nick Hornby’s books have caused quite a commotion. His first novel, 1995’s High Fidelity, had critics on both sides of the Atlantic frothing over its witty insights about the thirtysomething single male. His second, About a Boy, has already been snatched up by Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Films for a cool $3 million. In Boy, Hornby, whom the New Yorker calls the “maestro of the male confessional,” tells the story of self-involved Will Freeman, a 36-year-old vacuously trendy Londoner who fritters away his disposable income on CDs, haircuts, and cappuccino machines. Will is bummed out: His married pals are settling down and having kids. He concludes that kids suck and vows to keep his “Lego-less flat” forever. Forever lasting until he meets a foxy single mom and, unbelievably, she consents to date him. Single moms are the ticket, he figures, and fabricates his own fake kid so he can join SPAT, Single Parents Alone Together, and meet more hot moms. Instead, he meets Marcus, a 12-year-old geek in a Microsoft T-shirt who desperately needs a friend, if not a father figure. Though it’s the last thing Will wants, he finds himself invested in another human being for the first time—protecting Marcus from bullies, teaching him crucial life lessons about sarcasm and Kurt Cobain, and buying him Adidas sneakers so he won’t look like such a nitwit at school. In short, perpetually adolescent Will teaches Marcus how to be a kid. In return, he learns there’s more to life than contemplating whether to shave or keep that goatee. See Hornby read at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at Olsson’s Books & Records, 1200 F St. NW. Free. (202) 347-3686. (Gina Vivinetto)