Adolescent girls are barraged with conflicting messages about what it means to be female. In an often hostile culture, they are subject to being exploited, harassed, manipulated, or even abused physically and sexually. In Beyond Nice, author Patricia Davis explores the role of spirituality in teen girls. Based on more than 100 in-depth interviews with girls from a variety of religious, ethnic, and regional backgrounds, Davis shows how religion actually functions both to help and to hurt in girls' search for authenticity. As she characterizes girls' ideas about God, spirituality, sexuality and bodies, and violence, Davis' interviews convey articulately and deeply how spirituality concerns girls' surmounting hurdles to ground and affirm what they become.