My teen years were boring. That was a privilege, growing up in Oakland, CA. I was lucky to attend a Christian high school, thus escaping the violence and people slipping LSD to the unwary.
If you have great parents, being a teen can be wonderful. I love watching teens compete in the X-games. The worst part is having very little control over your life. You need your parents to sign you up with activities, pay for them, and take you everywhere. If they don't feel like it, you're screwed. Even if you're old enough to drive, you need parents to provide the car and money for you.
I believe being a teenager is greatly overrated.