[[caption-width:214:Yes, it's a LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek. Yes, it's BasedOnATrueStory. No, it's not a ClicheStorm.]]
From the Amazon page:
Liz Murray was raised in poverty by drug-addicted parents. Though they loved her, they were unable to care for her and [[TheWoobie Liz ended up living on the streets by the age of 15]]. Profoundly affected by her mother's AIDS-related death, Liz forced herself to look at her future and make some significant changes. Her prospects were dismal, yet she turned her life around by going back to high school. After earning her diploma in just two years, while still homeless, [[EarnYourHappyEnding Liz won a New York Times scholarship for needy students, which enabled her to attend Harvard University]].
Her story was made into a LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek in 2003. It got nominated for three Emmys, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie.
!! Liz Murray's life (and movie) provides examples of:
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Homeless to Harvard!
* BasedOnATrueStory: [[SarcasmMode In case you didn't notice.]]
* DudeNotFunny: In universe: The class laughs at young!Liz when she says, "My mother calls me Elizabeth when she's going insane."
* LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek: [[RunningGag In case you didn't notice.]]
* OpeningNarration: And middle narration. And ending narration. It's so blatant, in fact, it's almost like they used the book as the script.
* YourMom: The previous example has a bit of this, as Liz is constantly ridiculed for her drug-addicted mother.