"Give Your Heart a Break" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
"Give Your Heart a Break" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Positive pop anthem about facing fears in love and life.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Honest song about fear and payoff in a relationship: "There's just one life to live and no time to waste."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lovato is steadily making a comeback after some personal struggles, but shows that it's most important to love yourself.


Video just shows Demi and her "boyfriend" being affectionate and kissing, but nothing that's inappropriate.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Give Your Heart a Break" is the second single since Demi Lovato's comeback after some very public, personal struggles and a stint in rehab. It's a love song about taking a chance on someone you care about and getting over fears. Although the topic is a mature one, the lyrics and content are OK for tweens.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfrankf-k January 11, 2015
Parent of a 13 and 18+-year-old Written by[email protected] October 12, 2012

A More Mature Demi

Strong song about learning to love. It shows a more mature and independent Demi Lavato. The video is a little sensual in places and the album cover suggest a... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bysamantha19 June 15, 2018
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus December 5, 2012

What's the story?

"GIVE YOUR HEART A BREAK" is the second single from Demi Lovato's third studio album, Unbroken. On the heels of her comeback, the song is an upbeat pop track about facing fears in love and life. The video features a wholesome, healthy-looking Lovato being affectionate but strong in a relationship that just needs a little TLC.

Is it any good?

Lovato seems older and wiser these days, and her growth and maturity over the last few years shows on "Give Your Heart a Break." With strong but vulnerable vocals, Lovato sings "There's just one life to live and no time to waste," and seems to have come into her own, singing about fighting your fears and not being afraid to love.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the pressure that's put on celebrities, especially females, to have a perfect appearance and/or image. What can we do to change these unrealistic expectations?

  • Who are some celebrities that you really respect because of their honesty and strength to be themselves?

  • Is Demi Lovato a good role model? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: Demi Lovato
  • Release date: May 15, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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