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As President and CEO of Boyfriend Whisperer Enterprises, Lexi Malloy is Grand View High School’s undercover Cupid. One problem: She’s stuck in the friend zone with her own dream crush, Chris Broder. She and Chris have been best friends since the third grade, and he doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a member of the opposite sex.

When pretty, flirty cheerleader Lindsay LaRouche hires Lexi to whisper Chris, she has to decide whether to place her commitment to her company—and Chris’s happiness—before her own heart’s desires.

200 pages, Paperback

First published November 15, 2016

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Linda Budzinski

5 books120 followers
My young adult novels, THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER 2.0 (2019), THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER (2016), EM & EM (2015), and THE FUNERAL SINGER (2013), are all published by Swoon Romance YA.

THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER received the Romance Writers of America Young Adult Chapter’s 2015 Rosemary Award and the Virginia Chapter’s 2015 Fool for Love Award. EM & EM was named a "Must Read for Teens" by Your Teen Magazine and has been optioned for development as a TV series.

I live in Northern Virginia with my husband, Joe, and our feisty chihuahua-terrier mix, JoJo. I’m a sucker for romance and reality TV and have been known to turn off my phone’s ringer when watching “The Bachelor.”

My favorite flower is the daisy, my favorite food is chocolate, and my favorite song is “Amazing Grace.”

When I’m not writing, I work part-time in nonprofit outreach and communications and am active with my church's youth group.

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Profile Image for Moriah.
702 reviews87 followers
February 15, 2017
*This review will also appear on A Leisure Moment*

**I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

I’ve had my eye on The Boyfriend Whisperer for quite a while. The cover is cute, and the premise is downright adorable. When the author asked if I’d like to read a copy for review, I jumped at the chance. I shimmied it into my reading week—even though I did not have the time, honestly—and could barely put it down.

Lexi Malloy had been in love with her best friend, Chris Broder, since she recognized that little Chris down the street had muscles and wasn’t bad looking, handsome even. Only, Lexi’s experience with the opposite sex only extended as far as her closet business as The Boyfriend Whisperer, where love was only a whisperer away. Her clients paid her to learn about their crush, and in return for the $125 fee, she gave them a sure-fire way to land their man. I liked Lexi. She was a tomboy and had always been more comfortable in a group of guys watching the final four than at a slumber party with girls. It made her the perfect boy connoisseur, as she understood guys, though they didn’t understand her.

Not only did Lexi strive to keep her business a secret, she also fought tooth and nail to keep her slow building resentment toward basketball at bay. She was talented, and being the only child of an ex-NBA player, she was bred for the game as soon as she could dribble. But Lexi wanted more. She didn’t want to play ball in college, necessarily, and wanted to remember what playing the game felt like if she didn’t have to configure her stats in her head after every shot. The underlying plot line added so much to the story. It made her a relatable character, not just the secret Cupid.

Chris and Lexi had a wonderful relationship. I would have liked for things to have had happened sooner romantically, but I still enjoyed reading as they slowly started to get uncomfortable with the undeniable tension. He was the best friend of the golden girl, and both had their reasons for not wanting to take the next step. There were times where I wanted to bang their heads together so they could see that they needed to be together. I liked how Chris looked through Lexi’s eyes. She didn’t create him as the perfect guy that could do no wrong—she saw him as the guy that she liked, maybe even loved as more than a friend, flaws and all.

The chapters were incredibly short, making it nearly impossible to stop reading. Add in the adorable and fluid story and I almost didn’t. Cute, light, and funny, The Boyfriend Whisperer is the perfect YA romance for anyone who loves love and a few three pointers in between.
Profile Image for Rosie Amber.
Author 0 books115 followers
November 3, 2017
The Boyfriend Whisperer is a young adult American sports themed romance. Lexi Malloy gets good grades and is a top basketball player. Most of her friends are guys, which is okay by her. She’s President and CEO of Boyfriend Whisperer Enterprises within which, for $125 per match, Lexi helps bring couples together - anonymously. So far she’s had a 95% success rate, but no one knows who the mysterious Boyfriend Whisperer is. The public face of the business belongs to Abi, who accepts the clients and liaises in secret with Lexi.

Despite all her matchmaking, Lexi is single. Recently her feelings for her best friend Chris Broder have changed, but how is she to get him to see her as a girl rather than a mate? A basketball weekend away match at Virginia Beach may hold the answer. Perhaps Lexi can get Chris’s attention over hot chocolate by a roaring fireside? Alas, cheerleader Lindsay has other ideas, and presents herself as the latest client for the Boyfriend Whisperer, with her sights set on Chris. Can Lexi treat this as a business match, or will seeing Chris go out with another girl push her over the edge?

This is a fun quick read and fits the young adult genre well. It is full of sass, hope, teenage anguish and raging hormones, as the characters teeter on the edge of adulthood.

Profile Image for Amanda Abram.
Author 4 books269 followers
September 10, 2017
This book was exactly what I was hoping it would be: fun, cute, and very sweet.

Lexi, the main character, is a good narrator. I consistently liked her throughout the book. She's an all-star on the girls' basketball team, and she's also the "President and CEO" of her very own business: Boyfriend Whisperer Enterprises. She's sort of like if Veronica Mars and Cupid had a baby, conducting steakouts to spy on boys to find out more about them to feed to her clients. She sends her clients emails, telling them exactly what they need to do to get the boy of their dreams to fall for them. It's a cute idea, even if a bit ridiculous, considering Lexi can't seem to even "boyfriend whisper" herself.

The boy she would like to "whisper" for herself is Chris. He's been her BFF for 8 years, and they have a sweet friendship. Their relationship is like every other male/female best friend relationship ever written about in a YA novel, but I didn't care, because for some reason, I never get tired of that. I don't care how many times it's been written!

Of course, no self-respecting YA romance novel involving opposite-sex best friends secretly loving each other would leave out the stereotypical road block of a hot, popular cheerleader who throws herself all over the male lead. There is plenty of that here, and when this girl hires the Boyfriend Whisperer to help her get Chris, Lexi has to selflessly set aside her feelings for Chris to try and do what she thinks is best for him. What follows is a lot of heartache and jealousy and drama - just a few of my favorite things!

The Boyfriend Whisperer is a quick, easy, adorable read that I would recommend to anyone in search of a lighthearted, clean romance.
Profile Image for Kati.
458 reviews23 followers
February 20, 2017
An extremely cute YA high school read about a girl who has found a way to become the cupid of her high school. While Lexi is sporty and relates well to boys she is still a girl and understands that sometimes love just needs a helping hand. But the boy she likes, her best-friend, doesn’t seem to have any idea. I loved this high school romance. The friendship between Lexi and her friend Abi was lovely to read about. Chris’ character was interesting and so blind to Lexi’s situation. Overall, this was a sweet high school romance that struck a cord.
Profile Image for Heather.
664 reviews2 followers
November 2, 2017
A good read. Cute, fun, and enjoyable, even though I did feel like I was reading a female, high school version of the movie HITCH. I was a little disappointed in the ending. I felt like we built up to this reveal, but it was rather anticlimactic. I definitely was looking for some kind of reaction from him. Something more than a simple, yeah, me too. Then, I felt like it stopped too soon for all that build up we only get a few pages where they're together. Still worth the read though. Another great kindle unlimited read.
Profile Image for Lynndell.
1,502 reviews1 follower
March 20, 2017
The Boyfriend Whisperer by Linda Budzinski is a fun, young adult clean read! Lexi has made a small business of helping young women gain the attention of guys they are interested in. She calls herself The Boyfriend Whisperer and no one knows it's Lexi, except her assistant Abi. All seems fine until Lindsay hires the boyfriend whisperer to help her get Chris, Lexi's best friend and long time crush. Lexi questions her matchmaking business, her friendships, her future as a basketball player and even her relationship with Chris. It becomes a roller coaster ride of teen angst and young love. This realistic fiction and romance story is cute and charming with a wide range of characters that keep Lexi on her toes; 5 stars for this enjoyable read!
32 reviews
April 2, 2017
Boyfriend whisperer

Very lovely and heartwarming .....I couldn't get enough. I wish there was a sequel as do I wish for all the contemporary novels I read!!!!!!!
Profile Image for Michelle .
1,996 reviews226 followers
December 2, 2016
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
The Boyfriend Whisperer is a young adult contemporary romance by Linda Budzinski. I have never read any of Linda's previous books, but I will certainly be on the look out for her next one. The Boyfriend Whisperer was a super cute read that was an adorable Cyrano De Bergerac-esque match making romp I loved. I am a big sucker for a cute friends to more story, and I also have a soft spot in my heart for matching romances, so this one was a big win for me! The characters were all age appropriate and well developed, the romance was cute and the overall story was a blast. The Boyfriend Whisperer is one of the better young adult contemporaries I have read this year.

The Boyfriend Whisperer is told entirely from Lexi's point of view. Lexi is a 5 foot 9 inch basketball wizard in her high school. And because of this, she is friends with all of the guys on the basketball team, and she feels like all she will ever be seen as is one of the guys or the tall basketball girl. I thought this was an interesting take on feeling out of place in high school. I loved it. Lexi is a jock and is a darn good one at that, but she struggles with deciding what she wants to do in the future. I really enjoyed watching her struggle through this choice, which is complicated by the fact that she is hot recruit for college basketball. And then you have her secret identity.

I got a hoot and a half out of her recon for the Boyfriend Whisperer. I loved all the intel she gets on the guys, and I personally thought (that though a bit misguided) the hints and tips she gave the girls were impressive ideas. I bet they would help them catch the eye of their crush. I was pretty impressed. (yes, saw where this was going to ultimately blow up in her face, but I personally thought she did a great job.) I loved that she kept a secret identity but she had Abi as the public face of the company. It was really cute. And I really liked Lexi's friendship with Abi, though I often felt Abi got the short end of the stick. But she is a true friend. I would love to see a spin off with Abi's story!

Lexi has had a crush on her best friend Chris for forever, so imagine her dismay when a request to boyfriend whisper him comes across her business. Let the games begin. This book was so much fun. I loved that it wasn't simply a match making story. It was also about other issues high schoolers face. I loved that it was just in Lexi's point of view, because I felt like I really got to know her. The Boyfriend Whisperer was a very quick read, but by the time I was finished reading, I wasn't ready to say goodbye to the characters yet. I wanted to see more of Lexi, Christ and Abi. Not to mention all of her basketball friends. I would love to see another book done in this world. I loved The Boyfriend Whisperer, and if you like cute YA friends to more romances, I think you will enjoy this one too.

This review was originally posted on Book Briefs
Profile Image for Poulami.
336 reviews40 followers
November 23, 2016
Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was definitely a cute read! It was addictive and I easily finished it in two sittings.

Lexi Malloy is the creator of the Boyfriend Whisperer where she helps those who comes to her to achieve the guy or girl of their dreams by "whispering." She has managed to stay anonymous and continue her work as a cupid. When Lindsay, the popular cheerleader of their school comes to her stating she wants Chris, her best friend and long-time crush as her boyfriend, what would Lexi ultimately do?

The Boyfriend Whisperer was a fun read. I enjoyed the plot and how it was executed. Lexi had a crush on her best friend Chris for the longest time but she hadn't been able to work on her feelings because she thought Chris just doesn't see her as a girl. But anonymously she is pretty successful as the Boyfriend Whisperer, where she helps the people who come to her to get out from the friend zone. Though some of Lexi's decisions were pretty stupid but I could understand a teeny-tiny part of where that was coming from.

Lexi was an interesting character. Whereas she excelled as a soccer player, she didn't want the sport to rule over her life, she wanted something different. And I enjoyed the aspect of whispering that she did in order to acquire information to help her clients, some turned out to be pretty fun. But one thing that I reaaaally disliked was that she was able to keep aside the fact that one of the guys already had a girlfriend and she was ready to break them up for her client who had a crush on the same guy. This was the only fact that didn't stick well with me but I have to say, she got the necessary punishment for that.

The plot turned out a little different than I expected but I liked it nonetheless. Chris was a sweet and understanding guy and I wish we got to see more of him. Although the romance was really less, I liked the chemistry between Chris and Lexi.

Overall, The Boyfriend Whisperer was a good read. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. The writing was smooth and easy to read. The pace was even throughout the book. I definitely look forward to reading more by this author.

Recommend it?

Profile Image for Sandra Lopez.
Author 3 books317 followers
August 1, 2019
Love is but a whisper away.

Lexi is the Boyfriend Whisperer. Running a covert operation in the school, she plays a secret Cupid, spying on love interests, and coaching her clients on how to make them fall in love with them. Being a tomboy that enjoys sports, Lexi has always known how to get a guy's attention, giving her a 95% success rate at matching couples.

"Some days I look around at all the couples I’ve brought together and feel like Cupid himself, but deep down, I know the truth. I’m a fake, an imposter, an emperor with no clothes. Because when it comes to whispering my own crush, I’m a total fail. Stuck in the friend zone with no clue how to escape." (15)

Even though she was just a high school kid, Lexi smart and savvy professional who knew how to deliver. She's totally down-to-earth, plain, and simple. Of course, she's a bit of a sports freak, which I couldn't relate to, but, otherwise, she's totally cool and efficient.

While her numbers indicate that she's a whizz in love, her own personal love life (or lack thereof) would speak otherwise. She and Chris have been friends forever. They like the same movies, they play basketball together, and they practically stay glued at the hip. So why can't he love her like she loves him?

Of course, when it comes to high school crushes things tend to get dicey and melodramatic. At times, there were too many kids to keep track of.

Story was quirky and easy-to-read. Like I said, I wasn't interested in any of the sports play-by-play, but this was still a pretty good read.
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44 reviews25 followers
November 23, 2017
I wanted a two hour read and that is exactly what I got
Things I liked
1.The fact that it was the girl who wanted to have more choices in her career and the guy was not some all knowing god of a person. (Breaking those contemporary rom stereotypes)
2.No tomboy to girly girl cliche
3.Not much of the social hierarchy and the protagonist spoiler did not become "prom Queen" (is it such a big thing in the west really ?)

Things that could be improved (not I'm all high and mighty to judge )
1.Jerod -A pure waste of a wonderful human being
2.More depth to the characters.. I don't know why every one except Lexi seemed very blurred
3.What happened to Abi and was she in the end able to prove at all to the students her ...good intentions ? She has to live with them for a year now ...

Questions I'd like answered
1.Where is the sequel because I want it.
Profile Image for Lori.
290 reviews3 followers
July 30, 2019
This is the first book by this author that I've read, it was fun. Lexi is the matchmaker extronadaire for her high school. Her crush is also her friend Chris, the two have been friends since early school. For someone who knows each other so well, you'd think that Chris would pick up on her crush on him, but nope. Can the selflessness that Lexi has give her best friend to the girl who wants him, or will she hit him upside the head, pointing out her true feelings for him? You've got to give this one a read and decide for yourself.
I voluntarily reviewed book after receiving a free copy from Hidden Gems.
Profile Image for Patricia Solla.
1,310 reviews13 followers
August 15, 2019
A tale of teenage angst. As a high school sophomore, Lexi is a basketball phenom with an interesting side job as a matchmaker. Lexi has a best friend, Chris, who treats her like one of guys. Lexi has feelings for Chris but doesn't know what to do about telling him. One of her clients asks to be matched with Chris and Lexi takes the job not sure of how things will work out. At the same time, Lexi, is being courted by collegiate schools to play basketball and she doesn't know how she feels about that too. All kinds of misadventures occur with the matchmaking business. This is a well written fun, lighthearted, thought provoking read.
Profile Image for Jenifer.
835 reviews8 followers
September 21, 2019
High level teen angst at its best!
This was such a clever and sweet book! I loved the high school matchmaker and her assistant. For Lexi, secretly making love connections for her fellow classmates is easy but putting her own love life in order is impossible. Her crush on her life long best friend is killing her.
This book was great! I read through it so fast - in one sitting- because I couldn't put it down! It just flowed so easily that each chapter flew by and I just didn't want to stop.
Great for any teenager - and any adult that loves that sweet teen high school puppy love feeling.

(Thanks to Hidden Gems for a complimentary copy of this book.)
Profile Image for Melanie Hooyenga.
Author 17 books141 followers
November 26, 2016
Budzinski does it again!

Where was the boyfriend whisperer when I was in school? This book is sweet, fun, and utterly charming. Lexi is one of the guys (something my high-school self definitely relates to) and while her own love life may be non-existent, she wants to see others find their true love.

Her best friend Chris is a dream, and the chemistry between them kept the pages turning. (Clearly, since I read this in one sitting.) If you like friends-turned-more stories, definitely pick this up.
Profile Image for Elizabeth.
254 reviews3 followers
July 27, 2019
I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

Lexi is the boyfriend whisperer. She researches guys and helps girls feel more confident in talking to them, also giving tips to help them become a couple. Things are going well until she is enlisted to whisper her best friend, that she is secretly in love with, for somewhere else. She has to choose to make a decision for her business or for her heart.

I enjoyed the book and would read another book by this author.
Profile Image for The Mysterious Reader.
3,578 reviews55 followers
July 31, 2019
If you want a fun romp then Linda Budzinski’s The Boyfriend Whisperer is the book for you. Lexi Malloy is a great lead character and her story was s delightful read. But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review to my husband from my hospital bed I could go on and on with praises. The book definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the book is most definitely one to read, and it is easy to highly recommend. I’m definitely looking forward to The Boyfriend Whisperer 2.
Profile Image for Melissa Basnight.
513 reviews14 followers
December 3, 2019
Lexi creates a business called the Boyfriend Whisperer Inc in high school where she finds out everything she can about the girl’s crush by researching them and spying on them so she can help the girl make it to coupledom with her chosen guy. The story is kind of like Hitch, but at a much younger level. Lexi has her own crush which she has been friends with for a long time, but doesn’t seem to be able to help herself into a couple status. This would be a cute story to make into a movie for young adults. It has humor and romance.
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479 reviews1 follower
June 25, 2017
This book was just okay. Mostly, I enjoyed reading it but I couldn't get behind the characters as much as I wanted to. First because most of Lexi and Chris's problems were all stupidly self-inflicted. It wasn't just that they were too chicken to be honest about their feelings. They were both pretty much actively working against their own interests. Second, the whole concept of Boyfriend Whisperer Inc is really naive. And her belief that she could franchise is even more ridiculous. I don't blame her for wanting her life to be about more than basketball but give me a break. How exactly did she expect her business model to work once she was no longer in high school? I just couldn't get past those two hang ups enough to really enjoy the story.
July 29, 2019

Lexi is the boyfriend Whisperer, Chris is her best friend who she is in love with.
Lexi Whispered Chris for another girl then had to live with the fact that the person she wants is with someone else.
Then the whole boyfriend Whisperer is exposed and everyone's angry with her. Except Chris, he doesn't stay angry for long and it turns out that he doesn't just see her as just one of the guys.
A great story with excellent characters and a happy ending guaranteed
Profile Image for Courtney Turner.
1,586 reviews3 followers
August 7, 2019
This was a such a fun and sweet YA romance. Loved this story from beginning to end. Lexi and Chris, best friends but they can’t figure out to turn the friendship into something more. Being 16 and in High school makes everything harder and their love story isn’t easy. It’s down right complicated till they finally take that final plunge to become more.
Profile Image for Susan Dalessandro.
Author 2 books173 followers
May 1, 2019
What a fun read! I read this book in three sittings and just purchased the sequel. It had everything I love in contemporary YA: a smart, athletic female lead, a sticky situation that has serious consequences and lifelong friendships with the potential for more.
428 reviews2 followers
October 14, 2017
Cute clean YA book. Cute concept, not bad writing, cute romance.
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Author 7 books11 followers
February 15, 2019
I enjoyed watching Lexi and Chris's relationship evolve. Funny, sweet, and full of heart.
Profile Image for Kortney Allen.
382 reviews4 followers
May 7, 2019
Cute little spring read I’ve been meaning to get around to.
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