A young Cuban-American girl embarks on a journey to become the future president of the United States.
Editor’s Note: This review is based on this series’ first two episodes.
Elena Cañero-Reed is the president of the United States. On her first day of work, her mom sends her a package containing her middle school journal. The show then delves into her numerous journal entries as viewers are cast back in time to relive the memories young Elena.
Each episode of Diary of a Future President tackles different entries from her journal—each having a different message. For example, in one episode, Elena has to deal with losing a close friend in school due to “popularity”, and then she realizes that she forgot to do one of her homework assignments. Another episode talks about how Elena feels when her mom starts dating again after the loss of her dad three years prior.
Diary of a Future President is a good example of how to healthily cope with the struggles of middle school. It discusses body changes that happen during puberty, learning about sex and periods, bullying, the loss of a parent, dealing with racism, and so much more. While it only scratches the surface of some of the issues that many face, it does so in a way that helps children realize that they are not alone in their struggles. This show is funny, relatable, and honest.
As a whole, Diary of a Future President is a well-made series. Each episode has a clear plot line that plays into the next but could also stand alone if need be. Topics that are typically taboo are discussed in a way that makes it normal—it could help children find the right questions to ask when they are curious and could show them that talking to a parent about it is not only normal but encouraged.
Parents should be aware that there are topics in the series that could raise questions and should be prepared to answer them. It is important to note that none of the implied explanations are actually shown on screen—leaving ambiguity and the necessity of parental intervention. This is great for parents who want to teach their children about sex and puberty on their own as opposed to letting them find out all of the details in other ways.
Diary of a Future President is a middle school show that is entertaining for everyone to watch—adults included! With witty jokes, playful banter, and in-depth conversations throughout, it is sure to keep everyone on their toes and leaning in for more.
Diary of a Future President is Dove-approved for ages 12+.
The Dove Take:
Diary of a Future President realistically describes and provides a roadmap for the trials that children face as they journey through middle school.