Watari began penning the romantic comedy series, also known by its short name Oregairu, in 2011 with illustrations by Ponkan 8. The novel began its final chapter with the 12th volume in September 2017. Publishing label Gagaga Bunko plans to ship the 14th and final volume on April 18. Oregairu has a cumulative 9 million copies of its volumes in print worldwide.
The novel was adapted into two television anime in 2013 and 2015. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime series in North America and released the first season on DVD and Blu-ray in July 2014 and September 2015, respectively. The second season was shipped on DVD and Blu-ray in October 2016.
Yen Press began releasing the light novel in English in 2016 under the title My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected. The seventh volume went on sale on February 19.
Oregairu ranked first in the annual Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! poll of readers and industry insiders for three consecutive years between 2014 and 2016.